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Football Kicker with Autism Granted Fifth Year of Eligibility

September 27, 2013

Anthony Starego, a football placekicker at Brick Township High School in New Jersey who has autism, and who last season kicked a game-winning field goal that garnered national attention, has been granted an unprecedented fifth year of athletic eligibility, according to

In April, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association denied Starego a waiver to compete this fall because he was 19 and had played for four seasons. Today they reversed their position, telling Starego’s parents their son will be allowed to play begining with Brick Township's game on September 27 against Toms River South.

“The decision granting Anthony Starego another year of eligibility to play football is a victory for student-athletes with special needs across the nation,” said Lisa Goring, Vice President of Family Services at Autism Speaks.