Incredible Moment, Bigger Than Sports, in Lebanon-Hanover, New Hampshire, Football Game
High school sports are so critical to the development of "children". High school sports teach teenage kids how to be a part of a team, when to lead and follow, and so much more.
The term "bigger than sports" is often used for stories or moments in and around athletics that provide more meaningful or impactful messages than a normal sports game can provide, like pride night, indigenous night, and other cultural acknowledgments and support at professional games.
One of those "bigger than sports" stories took place last week in New Hampshire during a Hanover vs Lebanon Junior Varsity football game.
A player on the Hanover team with special needs was waiting for his moment to get into a game, and the coach knew it was time to do so.
After the Hanover coach spoke with the officials, Lebanon coaches, and players, it was time for the Hanover high schooler to get his chance.
And he took it...TO THE HOUSE!
The player with special needs on the Hanover Junior Varsity football team took a handoff and ran 70 yards for a touchdown.
Check out the full video below:
The best, and I mean BEST part of this story is the fact that both teams were okay with it, both teams supported it, and both teams celebrated in the end zone.
This is a "bigger than sports" moment. It showed phenomenal coaching, compassion, and acceptance from all of the players on both teams.
According to a WMUR article, "one official said the smile from that young man (who scored) is something he will never forget."
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