domingo, 28 de setembro de 2014

Autism Didn't Stop This Teen From Becoming Captain Of His High School Football Team


At 6-foot-6 and weighing 270 pounds, Josh Bailey definitely has the build of a football team captain. But in the earlier years of his life, the Michigan teen's struggles with autism made playing on team, much less serving as its captain, seem impossible.
Football changed everything. As Josh told the Free Detroit Press, "Football has given me basically all of my high school friends. It's given me something to love."

Football changes everything for autistic teen

osh Bailey walked across the sideline at Lakeland High School — a teenager with autism playing on a varsity football team — and if the story ended right there, it would be amazing, heartwarming and an inspiration on its own.
But there is so much more.
"Come on," Bailey screamed at his teammates.
There was a time when Bailey couldn't talk — one of the traits of autism is delayed speech, and he didn't learn to speak until he was 3½.


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