Aimee Herd : Oct 17, 2012 : Darlene Hill – WFLD, FOXNews.com
McGraw has cerebral palsy, but loves football. Coach Sean Masoncoup was happy to make Jack’s wish a reality when he called him onto the field for the “27 sweep outside” play, which gave him about 9 yards to go in his motorized wheelchair for the touchdown.
“The crowd went nuts, and I went nuts,” Coach Masoncoup told a reporter, “and when I turned around I looked at Jack . . . and he had the biggest smile on him.”
Unbeknownst to Jack, the coach had told his team, and the competing team, before the game that Jack would be going in to score. When Jack was given the ball and made it to the end zone, everyone in the stands rose to their feet and began to cheer for him.
Jack has been with the Haines Middle School Hurricanes for two years now. According to his mother, he’s always wanted to be an athlete, and to be treated like any other boy.
“The biggest thing for me was the acceptance,” said Jill McGraw, Jack’s mother. “The kids were cheering and the cheer leaders ran up to the sidelines, and the parents were cheering.”
The local school board recognized Jack, his coaches and teammates, as well as those of the opposing team, for an incredible display of character and compassion, according to FOXNews.