The Brett Bowden Story
If you haven’t heard, Brett Bowden is a 19-year-old high school football player with Down syndrome who loves football, is an inspiration to his team at Hobbton High School in Newton Grove, N.C., and is also the victim of a North Carolina High School Athletic Association age regulation.
Here’s what’s been happening (video from 8/11/11):
I’m happy to say that the Facebook page Let Brett Bowden Play already has 60,493 fans. I’m hoping the “let Brett Bowden Play” campaign will help get what Brett’s mother wishes for – a “‘Brett Bowden’ rule for special needs students who want to play high school sports.”
Inspiration from Brett Bowden
I love the attitude of Brett’s teammates, like Charles Chestnutt, who said:
Brett means the world to me. I promise you. He’s my inspiration. When I come on Friday nights and he leads us out the tunnel, that tells me that it’s time for me to play and do what I got to do for him.
It’s heartwarming to see how many people care about doing the right thing, to see Brett’s love for the game, and to see the tremendous support for what’s really important in sports – character building and qualities like self-confidence that come from striving to do your best.
Of course, I also love seeing support for people with special needs. I’m a fan of Special Olympics, too. Please add your support to “Let Brett Bowden Play” – and be a fan of what’s really important in sports.