San Antonio Scorpions sign student with Down Syndrome to one-day deal

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NASL side, San Antonio Scorpions, have gone out of their way to give one child a day he will never forget, signing Michael Kelley - a teen who has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome - to a one-day player contract.

This incredible story comes not long after Mirror UK reported the story about special needs student, Michael Kelley, who was shockingly stripped of his school's varsity sports jacket.

Harsh treatment

Michael has Autism as well as Down Syndrome, and he plays Basketball for his school's special needs team.

It was reported by Mirror UK that a parent of another student at the school, argued that Michael shouldn't be allowed to wear the jacket, this was amid more complaints from parents and even teachers.

As a result of the complaint, Wichita East High School located in Kansas decided to deprive Michael of his jacket, stating that only students that represent the school at a high level can wear the varsity jacket.

It was alleged that teachers confiscated Michael's jacket at school then handed him a girls jumper to wear.

Great gesture

Gordon Hartman, the owner of NASL team San Antonio Scorpions, heard the news of this horrible act and decided he wanted to help Michael.

Hartman invited the passionate sports fan to the San Antonio Scorpions club over the weekend. There, Michael received and signed a player contract which made him an official player of the club for a day. 

It was the season opener for San Antonio Scorpions so Michael and his family also received tickets to watch the match. Kelley was even allowed to view the game from the sidelines side by side with the professionals.

The day got even better for the 19 year old, he was awarded a 2014 NASL championship ring as well as his very own Scorpions jacket.

A day he'll never forget

However, this kind hearted act from the Scorpions was far from finished. Michael was gifted a trip to Morgan's wonderland; a popular family fun park for those with special needs.

It was reported by KSAT that the Kelley family had been saving money for two years to try to bring Michael to Morgan’s Wonderland.

"It's very humbling to know that there's people out there that stand up for not only our son, but for every teammate that he has. And people who really believe in equality for everyone," Jolinda Kelley said after the trip.

This was a remarkable, class act by the San Antonio Scorpions soccer club. A truly touching story that gives you another insight to what sport is all about.

We wish Michael Kelley and his family all the best in the future.  

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