Seven-year-old Bryson Jenkins doesn’t speak, but he didn’t need words to show his excitement as he scored a touchdown in a junior league football game in Fox Lake over the weekend.
The young Volo boy suffered a stroke at birth causing him to have cerebral palsy, but he has been determined to do things other kids do.
Bryson started walking with assistance for the first time last year. Now, months later, he was named an honorary captain for a day with the Grant Jr. Bulldogs in Fox Lake.
He had never met any of the players on the team, but that didn’t stop them from chanting his name as they watched him carry the football into the end zone – a heartwarming moment that was captured on video.
“Bryson is nonverbal but that didn’t matter. They still talked to him, gave him high fives. They let him break through the banner with them in the beginning of the game, do the coin toss, and at the end of the game, they let him score a touchdown, with the assistance of Bryson’s dad, after which both teams chanted his name,” Brittany Jenkins told NBC 5. "We are so incredibly grateful for this opportunity."