Special needs kids play ball with Skins rookies in Ashburn
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
Dreams For Kids DC creates all sorts of social opportunities for children with physical and developmental disabilities. But nothing compares to throwing, catching and kicking footballs on the very field where professional NFL players practice.
In all, more than 100 children from across the Washington region were welcomed by the burgundy and gold to Ashburn for a special football clinic.
“It's fun here and I'm so happy to be here,” said 7-year old Corbin Timmons.
Former player Kyshoen Jarrett led the warm-up and offered a special pep talk. He is a Dreams For Kids DC athlete ambassador; his own brother is blind and has cerebral palsy.
“Even for my brother, just to come out here, I'm sure he would definitely enjoy it. He'd love to hear the music, love to hear the people laughing. He'd be nothing but smiles,” Jarrett said.
The kids went wild when the team’s current roster of rookies hit the practice field. The players ran drills, snapped lots of photos, signed some autographs and even got their own autographs from the kids.
At the end of the day, organizers hope events like this motivate these children to get off the sidelines and connect with their peers – no matter their abilities or disabilities.
“I think it's special,” said Janiyah Proctor, the sibling of a DFKDC participant. “I mean, the kids get to express who they are and show the world what they have to offer.”