Northern Michigan High Schools Show Love for Player With Disabilities [VIDEO]
In an extraordinary demonstration of sportsmanship and love, two high school football teams in Northern Michigan made one player's day.
Tyler Sytek, a senior at Alcona High School in Lincoln, Michigan, has cerebral palsy and sees only from one eye. After serving as the team's manager for the last four years, Sytek got to fulfill his dream of playing for the Tigers. In the video below, you'll see Sytek make a two point conversion, and hear an elated crowd cheering him on. Alcona went on to top the Mio-Ausable Thunderbolts 80-0 Friday night (10/23).
(On a personal note, I graduated from Alcona High School back in the dark ages - 1983 to be precise - and am delighted to see the outpouring of support that the school and community have shown for this young man.)
Debbie Sytek tells Cars 108 that it was her son's teammates that approached the coach about putting Tyler in during the Tigers' last home game. The referee then made the necessary arrangements with their opponent's coach. The Mio-Ausable team was happy to oblige, as a special needs student had been a member of their team two years ago.
Sytek says her son doesn't see himself as an individual with disabilities.
"Tyler has wanted to play for the four years that he has been a part of the team. He started out as manager, filling water bottles and helping the coaches. Then two years ago, he started padding up to practice with the team."
It was a night the Sytek family will always remember.
"When the plan came into motion at the game to put him in, he was beyond excited," Debbie Sytek noted.
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OMG!!!! Can't tell you how incredible proud we are of you Tyler!!!! You are awesome!!!
Posted by Steve Sytek on Friday, October 23, 2015
Alcona beats Mio 80-0! Watch this whole video it's very emotional! As Tyler Sytek#1 was able to make the 2 point conversation. He is a senior and a manager of the team with his disablities not being able to play on the field. But Mio being a great school to play against aloud him to play with them. The Sytek family is one of the best families you will every know. From mom crying in the stands, dad wiping away his tears while recoding it. Tyler crying, all the coaches hugging him and the ref. This kids loves football so much and the team always made him feel welcomed! Thank you to the coaches,Principle Mr. O'Connor,the refs,and everyone else that made this possible. We love you Sytek family!
Posted by Jacqueleene Walker on Friday, October 23, 2015