Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Rivals Give Last Touchdown to Player With Down Syndrome

I found this "feel good" story on AOL and thought that I would share it with you.
It was written by Tom Henderson

The Maryville Spoofhounds could have shut out the St. Joseph Benton Cardinals 46-0 at last week's game.They let the other team score a touchdown.
They did nothing to stop freshman running back Matt Ziesel from running more than 60 yards to put the Cardinals on the scoreboard. Cardinals Coach Dan McCamey asked the Spoofhounds for their cooperation because Ziesel, 15, has Down syndrome and spent the entire season on the bench -- begging the coach to let him get some action on the field.
Hats off to both teams for showing classy levels of sportsmanship and compassion. The rival high schools are about 42 miles apart. Both are north of Kansas City near the Missouri/Kansas border.
The Cardinals still lost the game but won a lot more.

Getting Ready To Leave Soon

We are in the process of getting our bags packed and tying up some loose ends before departing for the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area. We will be leaving on Saturday after my Dad has finished his Saturday morning dialysis. We rented a nice cabin in the area. The weather looks like it will be good...at least as far as I can tell from the long range forecast but we all know how precise those are. I will be taking our trusty camera, so I should be able to get some good photos of the area. We will leave here on Saturday, spend the night on the road and pull into the area on Sunday. My Dad has set up to have his dialysis 3 times while we are there. As of right now, we do not know exactly what days he will have his dialysis on. We were planning on going to Dollywood a couple of days but they are closed on Tuesday and Thursday. If my Dad has his dialysis on those days, we will be able to go to Dollywood but if he is scheduled to have dialysis on Monday, Wed and Friday, then Dollywood will be out of the picture. We should know for sure either today or tomorrow. Hopefully this trip will go smoother than our last one.
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