Boy in Wheelchair Scores Touchdown

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    Jason Smith, Jr. loves football, but muscular dystrophy usually leaves him stuck on the sidelines, until last Thursday when his dad, who is also his coach, put him in the game. With the help of a teammate, he scored a touchdown. (Published Friday, Nov 30, 2012)

    An Oklahoma boy confined to a wheelchair recently got the chance of a lifetime.

    A disability typically prevents him from participating in sports, but last week a young man from Bethel Acres was able to make a dream come true.

    Jason Smith, Jr. has a form of muscular dystrophy, so he's usually stuck on the sidelines watching, cheering on and coaching his twin brother, Jalen.

    "Sometimes I just dream about running a touchdown," Jason said.

    "He dreams about it almost every night," confirmed his twin Jalen.

    Last Thursday, Jason's dream became a reality.

    With less than a minute left in the game, Jason's dad, who is also the coach, decided to put him in.

    "He grabbed my brother's helmet took it off him and put it on me," said Jason.

    His dad captured the video on his cellphone as the ball was passed to Jason and a teammate pushed him all the way to the endzone.

    "We were going pretty fast," said Jason.

    After the touchdown, Jason's team as well as the other team gathered around him, cheering and giving him high-fives.

    "Just to see that smile on his face like that, that was a great feeling for me," said Jason's dad.