LONE OAK (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s a football play one boy, his parents and students from two different teams will remember for the rest of their lives. 8th grader Charlie McNamp, who has a rare genetic disorder called Prader-Willi Syndrome, scored a touchdown Wednesday night in a great show of sportsmanship.
Both teams were in on the play that allowed Charlie to run into the endzone. Grand Saline ISD players and coaches allowed to let Charlie score an 80-yard touchdown on the last play of the game, even though they were losing the game. The final score was 22-0.
“We brought him out on the field…pre planned it,” said Lone Oak ISD football coach Matt Brennan. “They became Charlie’s fans on the other sideline. We heard them cheering Charlie from the opposite stand.”
Brennan says Charlie has been dreaming about this moment all season.
“Every day, Charlie says, ‘Coach when are you going to get me in?’ Not a day that goes by that Charlie isn’t thinking about football.”
His mom says what Charlie has overcome is amazing. At one point in his life, he was in a wheelchair. Now he’s the football player everyone’s cheering for.
“As soon as I picked him up at school yesterday, and after the game, I liked to never get him to calm back down to go to bed last night because he was so excited,” said Charlie’s mom Tammy McNamp.
“We could not get him to stop talking last night. He was so excited! He was so excited and players from Grand Saline told him how good of a job he did.”