Viral Video: High School Senior With Down Syndrome Scores His First Touchdown

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 29, 2017   |   7:11PM   |   Washington, DC

Two Alabama high school football teams did a beautiful thing last weekend when they took time to grant the wish of a classmate who has disabilities.

Jake Hyde, a senior at Vestavia Hills High School in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, has Down syndrome, and his sister Amy said one of his dreams has been to score a touchdown for his school, Fox News 29 reports.

Last weekend, his high school football team and challengers from Briarwood Christian School brought Jake onto the field to achieve his dream. Amy captured a video of her brother as he scored a 35-yard touchdown, and later posted it online.

The touching video now has more than 51,000 shares and close to 200,000 likes on Twitter.

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“Jake is over the moon right now,” Amy said on Twitter after her brother’s video went viral.

In a culture that discriminates and devalues so many human lives, it is especially heartwarming to see young people gather around a classmate with disabilities and honor his life in such a special way.