Senior at Sunrise Mountain making history with football team

Bruno Bailon, 17, achieved his largest dream after making the varsity football team for his senior season.

PEORIA, Ariz. — At 17 years previous, Bruno Bailon achieved his largest dream whereas making history at his Peoria highschool.

As a senior at Sunrise Mountain High School, he’s the primary varsity football participant with autism on the team.

“I feel so happy I’m in the team like I get to be a part of this program,” Bailon stated. “It’s the best day of my life honestly.”

Bailon started enjoying sports activities when he was eight years previous. First with baseball, soccer, after which basketball, however football all the time received above all of them.

“Football is my favorite sport growing up,” he stated. “I love watching NFL, I just want to play football.”

The defensive lineman says Coach Steve Decker and his teammates welcomed him with open arms, making him really feel like he was part of their household.

“It’s special, I love Bruno,” Coach Decker stated. “He’s a great kid and I love him being around, I love mentoring him, and I love to see our kids bringing him along and mentoring him also.”

Bailon has been concerned in Special Olympics for a number of years, in and out of doors the Peoria Unified School District, his mom instructed 12News.

She stated over the last 4 years, he performed football with youngsters with particular wants, till that have motivated him to check out for the varsity team.

With her approval and college workers on board, Bailon will get to point out the remainder of the world, his love for the game.

“Bruno works hard just like everybody else,” Coach Decker stated. “The expectations are the same for him. He buys into that, and all the boys take him on like he is part of the team, which he is.”

For Bailon, being part of the team, is simply step one to displaying others with his similar particular energy, that they’ll do it too. But stated he hopes he’s additionally not the final.

“It doesn’t matter if you have a disability if you’re autistic or have down syndrome, or any other disabilities, you can still be in this program, you can still have fun. Always push hard. If you want to accomplish your dreams push it harder,” Bailon stated.


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