Over the weekend a 12-year-old wrestler from a Middle School in Tennessee did something that a lot of kids his age would not even think of doing – he let the other guy win a wrestling match!
A Facebook video features seventh grade wrestlers, Justin Kievit and Jared Stevens. The video shows Justin deliberately losing a match to Jared - the young boy with cerebral palsy. While Justin did lose the match, he ended up winning many a-hearts!
“I think a lot of people are scared to put kids like me on the mat, but they don’t need to be,” Jared, a boy with cerebral palsy," told Franklin Home Pageon Monday. Jared's father told the Tennesean that though his son has the physical capacity of a 6-month-old, his intellectual ability is close to his age level.
“Jared just likes to do stuff like everybody else," he said. "There's a limit to what he can do, but something like wrestling, he can do that as much as he can do. He just enjoys being out there participating. He doesn't mind trying anything."
Jared's wrestling coach, Clay Mayes said that the 13-year-old practices wrestling with his school team daily.
Those who have watched the video have appreciated and acknowledged the sportsmanship and courage shown by the two young players. "Love it!! Love the spirit of both boys!!! Both my boys wrestle now... Can't wait to share this with them and their team," one Facebook user wrote.
This Facebook video has garnered more than 87,000 shares since Justin's dad posted less than a week ago.