Tyler Bain is a unique student. He's been in a wheelchair since a car accident crippled him when he was three years old.
But Tuesday night, he used his experience to teach his teammates about what it means to be a winner.
As the manager for the Pine Tree football team, Tyler works hard to make sure the guys are prepared.
For the game against Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, he had extra motivation. The team got to see him do something many people thought was impossible--walk all the way from mid-field to the sideline.
He knew beforehand that he'd be a bundle of nerves.
"I'll be hoping they get the message I'm trying to send," Tyler said. "I'm gonna be nervous!"
No need to be nervous though. Tyler nailed it!
His coach, Paul Ellsworth, isn't surprised that Tyler did what some thought couldn't be done. He remembers worrying if a child dealing with such daunting challenges could handle the rough and tumble world of football. Those doubts are gone.
"The more I got to know him, the more he worked with these kids...there's nothing Tyler can't do," Ellsworth said. "He sets his mind to it, he's gonna do it. I'm so proud of him. He's touched me in ways I don't think I'll ever be touched again. He's made me a better man."
Tyler says he hopes what he's done helps his teammates lives better too. He really wants them to get that message that he wanted to send:
"Anything is possible...anything."
What makes Tyler's accomplishment even more impressive, is that he made the decision to take that walk only a few weeks ago.
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