Goddard student with Down syndrome scores 43-yard touchdown

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High school football is a big deal in Kansas. Every time a team steps on the field, they are playing to win.

But on Monday, something great happened to a sophomore on the Goddard Eisenhower High School junior varsity football team.

Brody May has Down syndrome, and with the help of not only his Eisenhower teammates but also players from the other team, Maize South, Brody scored.

Brody's dad, Karl, said they had no idea what was about to happen. But they watched as their son picked up the football and ran in more than 40 yards to the end zone, spiking the ball in celebration. 

"Maize South showed fantastic sportsmanship!! Life is about teachable moments," Brody's mom, Lindy, said in a message to KAKE News along with a video of her son's touchdown.

Karl said he was touched by the inclusion and how both teams came together for Brody's special moment.

"His mother and I are very humble and thankful that Coach Fisher from Eisenhower and the Maize south Mavericks coaches could make a highlight so special and bring both teams together during competition," Karl said. "Thank you to all who made this happen from the bottom of our hearts."

Maize South won 41-14.

Brody participates in track and wrestling as well. His older brother, Parker, who also has Down syndrome, was crowned Homecoming King last year.

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