Children with special needs enjoy football league of their own

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Dozens of children and teens gathered for two flag football games at Crockett Park in Williamson County on Saturday. The players are part of a group called 1Team1Goal.

The league is for children with special needs, many of whom have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome or autism. Each player is paired with a high school football player during the game.

On Saturday, members of the Ravenwood High School football team were paired one-on-one with the 1Team1Goal players to help coach them throughout the game.

“They never get the spotlight, so this Saturday morning is these kids’ Friday night lights. For the first time their parents get to sit in the stands and hear their names broadcasted out over the loud speakers,” explained Traci Semptimphelter, the founder of 1Team1Goal.

She added, “Our job is to allow them to feel a part of the team, to feel rewarded.”

For more information on the group or to register your special needs child for the league, click here.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN