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    School Football Team Scores Big For Autistic Boy



    Zachary Hamilton's doctors said the teenager's Autism would prevent him from ever playing a sport -- the 13-year-old proved them wrong last Thursday.

    In the Hamilton Wildcats' final game of the season, the undefeated West Virginia middle school team offered Zachary an opportunity to score his first-ever touchdown. After some determination and some sportsmanship by the other team, the young man took advantage.

    Now the picture, showing him kneeling down in the end zone moments after the play, is going viral on Facebook, after his mother shared the photo on talk show host Ellen DeGenderes' page.

    "In light of all the bad news circulating around about teachers abusing special needs kids and teens and bullying going around in schools i wanted to share my story of hope and inclusion," Tonya Moyer wrote in the post.

    Zachary's story is going viral on Facebook after his mother shared it on Ellen DeGeneres' page. (Image Source: Facebook)

    "My 13 year old Autistic son Zachary has played football since he was 8 with almost the same group of boys , he has never been a great player but has always made up for it in excitement ,never give up attitude ,and determination to do everything all the other boys are doing," she continued.

    "On thursday Oct 17 of last week it was there last game of the season ... [in] amazement and shock set in as I saw him handed the ball and then he began running for a touchdown with his teamates closely gaurding him , he scored a touchdown , his first ever , and I could see the huge smile on his face even in the stands," the proud mother said in her post.

    Moyer told TheBlaze on Tuesday just how the gesture has affected her son.

    "Zachary has not stopped talking about that since it happened," she said. "He has been the happiest kid in the world. He sleeps with the ball every night and takes it to school every day in his backpack."

    Rob Davis, who has been coaching for 14 years, said Zachary enthusiastically comes to every practice and he wanted to give him the opportunity to run into the end zone.

    "He always stays on defense but I said, 'What would be really cool is if he scored a touchdown,'" Davis told TheBlaze Wednesday. "'If we could get him in a game and get him a touchdown, I'm sure it would make his day.'"

    Davis explained that he prepped Zachary by practicing with him on the sideline, passing him the ball and having him run forward.

    "We tried to get him in the end zone right before half time but it didn't work," he said.

    "The coach from the other team came over and said, 'Are you guys trying to get him to score a touchdown?' I said, 'yeah' and he said 'let us try to help you out a little bit,'" Davis said. "He said, 'I'll have my guys back off a bit.'"

    Coach Davis presents Zachary the game ball after the 13-year-old Autistic student scored his first-ever touchdown. (Image Source: Tonya Moyer)

    "It took us two to three tries, but finally Zach got going and got the idea down and scored a touchdown," the coach said. "His parents had no idea. We didn't really share it with anyone because we wanted it to be as close to normal as we could make it."

    "He was really happy," Davis added. "He went around and hugged every kid and I mean he is extremely strong. When he got to school the next day he had the football with him. He has had the football with him every day since."

    Moyer said words cannot express how thankful she was that the team gave her that moment.

    "The fact that they went through so much trouble to make my son have that moment ... it is just so humbling," she told TheBlaze, on the verge of tears. "I just couldn't express my thankfulness enough that they gave that honor to them. Never in a million years did I expect anything like that."

    Moyer said Zachary continues to defy odds and surprise her.

    "He just never gives up," she said. "The doctor told me that he could never play a sport. Never catch a ball."

    "The fact that he has come so far ... he's my hero."

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    In light of all the bad news circulating around about teachers abusing special needs kids and teens and bullying going around in schools, I wanted to share my story of hope and inclusion. My 13 year old Autistic son Zachary has played football since he was 8 with almost the same group of boys, he has never been a great player but has always made up for it in excitement, never give up attitude, and determination to do everything all the other boys are doing.

    On Thursday of last week (10/17) it was their last game of the season. In the fourth quarter, they put Zachary in. I sat watching as usual when I saw him walk to a different position not thinking anything of it, I continued watching. Amazement and shock set in as I saw him handed the ball and then he began running for a touchdown with his teammates closely guarding him. He scored a touchdown, his first ever, and I could see the huge smile on his face even in the stands.

    I was in tears as I watched the whole team surround him and celebrate with him. They presented him with the game ball afterwards, he accepted and just hung his head in amazement, still grinning ear to ear. They had arranged with the opposing team to give my son what to them seemed like five minutes of glory and a chance he might never have had. To my son it was a shining moment he is still talking about. It has been three days and he is still sleeping with his game ball tucked in beside him and carrying it with him everywhere. The Hamilton Wildcats teachers, players, coaches and parents are number one in my book for their outstanding inclusion, acceptance and, well, for giving my son one the best memories if not the best memory of his young life.

    I just wanted to share his story as I was told by many a doctor he would never be able to play organized sports among other things, and hopefully give some hope to others .. thank you for taking the time to read this.

    One proud momma,
    Tonya Moyer

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    Very cool.

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    I love reading stories like these and happy we've been seeing more and more stories like this lately.

    I can't recall any of the schools from back in my day doing nice things like this to incorporate austistic children or any other kids with special needs into sports or daily high school life (unless it's just more widely reported now).

    I'm not saying it's perfect now but I'm guessing being a special needs teen in high school is probably at least a little easier now than it was in the 80s when I was in high school. I went to school with some special needs kids that I'm pretty certain had it pretty rough and would never have received acceptance like what we've seen in these cases.

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    If, after reading where the opposing team coach says, "Are you trying to get him a TD. Let us try to help you out with that" you're heart is not warmed all over....you really need to stop fuckin around an buy a casket cause you might be dead.

    What a fucking beautiful story.
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