You hear so much about bullying in schools these days…
So when we saw this story about a Michigan middle school football team who gave one of their teammates a moment he’ll never forget, we smiled.
Then we cried. Like, a lot.
This season, the players at Olivet Middle School decided to go behind their coaches’ backs to come up with one AH-Mazing play on the field.
One that would give their teammate Keith Orr his first career touchdown!
Keith is learning disable and struggles with boundaries, most evident when you see how he insists on hugging everyone around him!
A kid like Keith might be picked on by his fellow students at any other school. But not at Olivet.
On a rushing play 18 yards away from the end zone, one of Olivet’s rushers ran the ball down virtually untouched and then stopped…just shy of the goal line. Because the next yard, belonged to Keith.
“We really wanted to prove that he was part of our team and that he meant a lot to us.”
Surrounded by his fellow football buddies, Keith was given the ball and ran in for a touchdown. No one had any idea that these kids had planned this special moment - not the coaches, not the fans, not even Keith’s parents.
Keith had one word to describe it:
Annnnnnd we’re sobbing.
What makes this video all the more profound is the realization from these young men of how important their feat was that day.
Another one of Keith’s teammates admitted how this one touchdown has changed him forever, saying:
“I kind of went from being somebody that mostly cared about myself and my friends to caring about everyone and trying to make everyone’s day and everyone’s life.”
This video has restored our faith in middle schoolers and in mankind! Bah!!!
Press PLAY above to see the incredible story of Keith Orr and the Olivet Middle School football team!