The Keith Special

Athletes don’t have a reputation of being nice to the underdog, especially in middle school when bullying is unfortunately a huge issue. However, the football players of Olivet Middle School went above and beyond to overcome that stereotype. The Olivet Eagles, a middle school football team from Olivet, Michigan, executed an inspirational play in their recent home game. The team conspired for weeks to set up a play to let a special teammate score his very first touchdown. The entire plan was developed by the team and without the coach’s knowledge.

Keith Orr (right) hugs his fellow teammate.

Keith Orr (right) hugs his fellow teammate.

Keith Orr is a child with a learning disability who struggles with personal boundaries, but in the sweetest way possible. He is an affectionate boy who embraces his fellow teammates and loves to give hugs. What is remarkable though, is how his fellow teammates have embraced him.

Their plan, the “Keith Special”, had two goals: 1) to get as close to the goal line as possible without scoring and 2) to let Keith Orr score a touchdown. The first part of their plan went smoothly as the team got close to the goal line but did not score any touchdowns. The crowd and the coaches were not happy with how the team was playing. However, the mood changed after the next play was executed. As the play, “Keith Special”, was called on the field, the boys surrounded their teammate in a protective form as he carried the ball over the goal line and scored his first touchdown.

Players of the Olivet Eagles lift Keith Orr onto their shoulders after he scored his first touchdown.

Players of the Olivet Eagles lift Keith Orr onto their shoulders after he scored his first touchdown.

When asked how it felt to cross the goal line, Orr responded with one word, “awesome.” Orr’s parents were astounded in the proudest way that their son scored a touchdown. They are confident that someone will always have his back.

The team’s plan to not score was all “to make someone’s day, to make someone’s week, just make them happy,” wide receiver Justice Miller said.

When asked why it affected him so much, Miller said through tears, “He went from being pretty much a nobody, to making everyone’s day.” He went on to say that this experience changed him because he went from being someone who mostly cared about himself and his friends to caring about everyone and trying to make everyone’s day. And that is why the “Keith Special” is such an inspirational football play.

 

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/31/olivet-middle-school-football-play_n_4182924.html

http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/good-sports/201311/olivet-middle-school-football

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