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September 22, 2014

(September 22, 2014) - Josh Bailey, a senior high school varsity football player from Michigan has quite the story.  Josh was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2, and was non-verbal until the age of 3 ½. Josh said he struggled making friends and fitting in with peers, but football changed everything for him. Currently Bailey, stands at 6-feet-6 and weighs 270 pounds, and is living his dream playing football under the Friday night lights for his school.

October 16, 2013

High school football player Jabari Wilson has tackled every obstacle in his path to get to where he is today. The Hilliard, Ohio student-athlete was diagnosed with autism as a young boy and since then he has worked tirelessly to pursue his dream of playing football.

Watch the NBC4 video about Jabari and his journey below.

 

October 09, 2013

Over 300 people attended "Go Long For Luke," a flag football fundraiser in East Hills, N.Y., on September 29th. The day raised over $5,000 for Autism Speaks and was such a success that its organizers plan to make it an annual event. 

The inspiration behind the fundraiser came from local youth Cole Faller and his best friend Luke Greenfield, who is on the autism spectrum. Cole rallied the local community to attend the event by sending out a heartfelt message.

August 30, 2013

Zachary, a 15-year-old who has Asperger's syndrome just started his freshman year at Mitchell High School in Mitchell, Ind. Zach, who played football in junior high school spent most of his time on the bench. His coach, John Edge, who coaches both the junior high school and high school junior varsity squads wanted to give Zach another chance to show the world what he is made of.

Now Zach, after tryouts, has earned a spot on the Mitchell Bluejackets Junior Varisty Team where he will be the starting linebacker on their defense as well as running back on the offense.