Danny Keefe doesn’t always look like other kids his age.
The 6-year-old Massachusetts boy likes to wear suits and ties everywhere he goes, including school. He has childhood apraxia, a motor speech disorder in which his speech patterns are hard to understand.
This makes the kindergartener a target of bullies at school.
But to the Bridgewater Badgers peewee football team, Danny is their water boy and their buddy.
And the Badgers have his back.
Baltimore Ravens players celebrated the Thanksgiving spirit recently by spending a day with children of active military personnel, getting the kids moving and playing football at the military base in Aberdeen, Md.
Ravens players were joined by USA Football Master Trainer Dick Adams and local youth coach Tom LaNeve, introducing the boys and girls to Heads Up Football techniques and FUNdamentals drills in a relaxed, non-contact setting.
While the Lions are away, the kids – and Barry Sanders – did play.
This past Sunday, when the team was in Pittsburgh, former Detroit Lions running back and Heads Up Football Ambassador Barry Sanders hosted a Heads Up Football clinic for the Farmington Rockets youth football program.
The principle instructor was Detroit Lions Director of Youth Football and USA Football Master Trainer Chris Fritzsching.