CLAY, NY (WSYR-TV) - The Syracuse Challengers battled it out against players from Pop Warner teams across Central New York Saturday evening. And it was their heart and dedication that led them to victory.
The Challengers are a team made up of special needs kids. They scrimmaged against Pop Warner players at the Pop Warner field in Clay.
While it may have only been a scrimmage, it felt like a big game to all of those involved.
“The heart of these kids, you can already see they already won a battle. They’re way ahead of the game. They’re winners every day they come out on this field,” said John Cometti, the coach of the Challengers.
The dedication the players make to the game speaks volumes of their energy off the field. It’s a true testament of not letting anything come between them and their dreams.
Michael Scholz, a wide receiver for the Challengers, scored two touchdowns. The intensity shown by Scholz and his teammates resulted in a hard-fought victory.
Cometti said, “The zeal they play with, the emotion they bring to the game, the smiles that warm the parents hearts…it’s the heart of Central New York.”