Water boy sees dream come true on final play of game

A water boy for a Wisconsin high school team saw a dream fulfilled when he suited up to play.
October 21, 2013 7:33:50 PM PDT
A water boy for a Wisconsin high school team saw a dream fulfilled when he suited up for his first and last game.

Noah VanVooren's been on the sideline for years, serving Gatorade to players. However, last Friday, the senior put on pads and a helmet for the first time.

"It feels pretty good. I am a big senior now. I'm so happy," said VanVooren. "My parents are here today and I have a big night tonight."

VanVooren has Down syndrome, but on the field, he's always been one of the guys.

His teammates said they wanted to repay him for all of his hard work.

So, the coach put him in the game for the very last play.

Teammates flanked VanVooren as he ran down the field with the ball, scoring his first touchdown.

As the crowd erupted, many were visibly moved by the sportsmanship. None of them more than VanVooren's parents Kara and Todd.

"He was born 18 years ago and the doctors told us he would never be able to walk, talk, or do anything," they said.  "And then to see him 18 years later, it's amazing. It's amazing. And to have a community as Little Chute to back him up and to love him the way they do is breathtaking. You can't put it in words. You really can't."

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