Geraldine pee wee football game raises awareness about Down Syndrome, also sparks emotion

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GERALDINE, Ala. (WHNT) - Many people think of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but many don’t realize it is also Down Syndrome Awareness Month. One DeKalb County community came together to not only bring awareness, but to provide an unforgettable day for a young man and his family.

Saturday’s pee wee football game between Geraldine and Scottsboro wasn’t your average game -- and Hunter Norwood isn’t your average player.

Hunter has Down syndrome, and because of that his family never thought they would get the chance to see him participate in any sports, says his mother Michelle Norwood.

“But just because you might think something may or may not happen, I mean today just shows that dreams still can come true, and he might not play on the team every week, but that one play I’m going to take with me the rest of my life," she said.

The Geraldine Pee Wee Football B team saved the last play of the game for Hunter. He was able to join his brother Brodie on the field, and score the final touchdown of the game.

His dad Anthony described the moment as incredible.

"That’s something that as a father you always want to have, and I never thought I’d ever see Hunter be able to play football, but it was amazing to see him run the ball today.”

Hunter's coach Jonathan Johnson helped plan the opportunity, and was impressed and moved with the way the other team joined in.

"Scottsboro was great, they prayed with us there at the end. I thought that was a great thing too, and I appreciate them.”

For the Norwoods, Hunter lights up any room, and on this special day, he lit up the whole stadium.

“There’s a lot of good in this world, and Hunter brings it out in people, but people show it, and I appreciate it. As a parent I am just so grateful that people have shown this love to him," added Michelle Norwood.

Blue is the color for Down Syndrome Awareness, and all of the players and coaches wore blue arm bands to show support for hunter. Johnson says they plan to wear them through the remainder of the season.