Two Alabama high school football teams did their part to help make a dream come true on Friday night. Jake Pratt, an 18-year old senior at Vestavia Hills High School with Down Syndrome, scored a touchdown on the final play of the team’s preseason scrimmage with Briarwood Christian. Pratt, who had never dressed for a football game, celebrated as the fans chanted his name.
My brother, Jake, is 18 & a senior at Vestavia. He also happens to have Down Syndrome. Tonight 2 teams helped to make his dream come true! pic.twitter.com/uLoP3KH8KR
— Amy Hyde (@Amy_Lissa) August 26, 2017
According to AL.com, Pratt had served as a manager for several years. His parents approached the coaching staff to ask if he could dress for a game this year after Pratt attended every offseason workout this summer.
This is such a great moment that Pratt will surely remember for the rest of his life. It’s so uplifting to see these teams put competition aside to give him this memory.