It was smiles galore in Lansing as a group of people with disabilities had the opportunity to play real football with members of the Michigan State football team.
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Team members teamed up with the Beautiful Lives project who normally couldn’t get game time.
Giving people with disabilities a chance to play
Bryce Weller is the co-founder of Beautiful Lives. He tells Lansing’s Fox-47 television station that this collaboration gives people who would normally be forced to sit on the sidelines an opportunity to play.
“The Beautiful Lives Project is about giving people with disabilities the opportunity to experience life-changing moments and sports, musical art, a whole range of programs across the country,” Weller said.
Weller, who is also disabled, says her mission is to create inclusive spaces for people with disabilities.
Opportunity Affected Players
Charles Brantley is a cornerback for Michigan State. He says he is touched by the opportunity to interact with the children.
“Looking at us, I know it makes them want to play. So the drills we do here, I want to feel real,” Brantley said. “I’ve always wanted to be a pediatrician since I was younger, and my little brother has autism himself, so it makes more sense for me to actually help kids.”
Brantley says the best part of the day was making sure everyone in attendance was enjoying themselves and enjoying themselves.
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