How a Boy with Special Needs Inspired his Team

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After seeing Ellen Seidman’s article, “A teen with disabilities makes the football team” on her Blog Love That Max, I knew that MATT was a documentary I could not miss. I immediately grabbed my laptop and pressed play. After a few minutes, it was obvious that Matt was special, and not just because of the obstacles he has overcome, but because of the lasting effect that he has on everyone around him. His peers not only accept him for who he is, but they genuinely look up to him, respect him, and are inspired by him. And after seeing his story, so am I.

About Matthew
Matthew Tapia was born three months premature, weighing only a pound and a half. Doctors told his parents that he had a 5% chance of surviving, but he did. They said he would never walk, but he ran. They said he may not speak, but he is holding his own in interviews and pursuing a degree in sports broadcasting. The story of Matthew Tapia is not that he “survived,” it is that he is thriving.

Matt the Football Player
Heading into his senior year at Santa Monica High School, Matt approached the football coach and asked to play. This coach took a chance and gave Matt the opportunity to play, just like any other boy. He practiced everyday with the team. They accepted him and rallied around him, not out of pity, but because (according to senior Christian Winter), “he makes everything more fun.”

Though Matt did not become a starter in his year on the SMHS football team, he was able to play in two games on a team that made it to the second round of playoffs. He walked away from his season with a lot more than a few minutes on the football field. He walked away with a team of brothers, confidence, and another story of how he has overcome so much more than most could even imagine.

After seeing Ellen Seidman’s article, “A teen with disabilities makes the football team” on her Blog Love That Max, I knew that MATT was a documentary I could not miss. I immediately grabbed my laptop and pressed play. After a few minutes, it was obvious that Matt was special, and not just because of the obstacles he has overcome, but because of the lasting effect that he has on everyone around him. His peers not only accept him for who he is, but they genuinely look up to him, respect him, and are inspired by him. And after seeing his story, so am I.
About Matthew
Matthew Tapia was born three months premature, weighing only a pound and a half. Doctors told his parents that he had a 5% chance of surviving, but he did. They said he would never walk, but he ran. They said he may not speak, but he is holding his own in interviews and pursuing a degree in sports broadcasting. The story of Matthew Tapia is not that he “survived,” it is that he is thriving.
Matt the Football Player
Heading into his senior year at Santa Monica High School, Matt approached the football coach and asked to play. This coach took a chance and gave Matt the opportunity to play, just like any other boy. He practiced everyday with the team. They accepted him and rallied around him, not out of pity, but because (according to senior Christian Winter), “he makes everything more fun.”
Though Matt did not become a starter in his year on the SMHS football team, he was able to play in two games on a team that made it to the second round of playoffs. He walked away from his season with a lot more than a few minutes on the football field. He walked away with a team of brothers, confidence, and another story of how he has overcome so much more than most could even imagine.

Watch the video about Matthew: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMogvjXWXWc

http://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/2014/05/30/how-a-boy-with-special-needs-inspired-his-team/

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About aoschmidt

Founder of My College and Career Coach (Part of My Balance LLC) as well as Next Step for Special Needs (501C org) and an Emotion Code Practitioner. I LOVE helping people to prosper! I am the mother of 6 (2 mine and 4 are his) and 2 of these children have special needs. My educational background includes a BS in Psychology and a MS in Counseling and Guidance. Over the past 20 years, I have been assisting families, with special needs children, from birth to graduation and beyond, for FREE! I have been helping these families while working full time in the field of education as a school counselor and learning how the educational system works from both sides (as an educator and a parent). I have been helping families to navigate the medical and educational systems as well as obtaining other services that are available to their children. See ABOUT page for full company profile. Follow the blog via email or join us on Facebook!

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