Teen With Cerebral Palsy to Scores Touchdown
Two rival football teams in North Carolina put their differences aside and allowed Lou Stamey, a 15-year-old diagnosed with cerebral palsy, to score a touchdown.
Lou is confined to a wheelchair and has limited speech, yet his love for the game of football is known. Canton Middle School football coach Joshua Simmons took notice and approached Lou’s gym teacher, asking if she thought Lou would be interested in participating in the football game.
“Lou’s very special in our school,” Simmons said. “He brings a lot of joy to a lot of people.”
Simmons created the “Lou Play,” and communicated with Waynesville Middle School football coach Robert Sutton to pull it off. In the game, Lou took the handoff up the middle towards the goal line, pushed by classmate Braydon West. He had blockers out in front leading the way against the swarming Waynesville defense who were stumbling and diving after him.
“Look, Lou, they’re cheering for you,” a teammate could be heard calling out.
After Lou crossed the goal line, players from both teams crowded around him and chanted his name. It was a heartfelt moment that Simmons himself would never forget. At the end of the day, Simmons hopes that Lou helped teach his players to never take what they have for granted.