8-Year-Old With Down’s Syndrome Scores Kick-Return Touchdown In Moving Show of Sportsmanship
8-year-old Gabe White is a “manager” for Rhinelander High School’s freshman football team in Wisconsin. He’s also the team’s biggest fan. Moments after time expired during the team’s last game of the season on Oct. 16, Gabe was called off the sidelines and onto the field. All of the sudden, everyone was cheering for him. Gabe, who has Down syndrome, is the younger brother of the team’s #84, Owen White. Rival high school Mosinee had already won the game by the time Gabe took the field, but that didn’t stop him from giving it his all when he was asked to score a “winning” touchdown for the Rhinelander Hodags. As he ran for the end zone, football in hand, Mosinee players did their part by diving to tackle him, missing him only by inches. Through it all, his big brother was right behind him. When he made it to the end zone, the Hodags celebrated by lifting him onto their shoulders, to cheers from the audience.
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