Monday, September 12, 2011

Athlete with Autism Boots Obstacles

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Joel Sheppard steps off his paces. First back, then to the side. Set, he sprints toward the football.
He doesn’t so much kick the ball as to attack it as he goes through workouts following a freshman practice at Huntsville High.
His whole goal in life is to kick a football as far as he can,’’ said David Sheppard, Joel’s father and a former running back for Grissom in the late 1970s and early ’80s.
Yeah, Sheppard has a jock’s goal. That might not seem like much of an ultimate achievement, if it weren’t for the fact that Sheppard is autistic.

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