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Former Down Syndrome athlete makes Hall of Fame [Video]

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Get your tissues ready as master storyteller Boyd Huppert does it again in the story of true inspiration. This is a truly amazing story about an extraordinary man.

We should all be so lucky to put in four years at high school and take away an experience so rewarding we wish it would never end.

It was like that for Billy Steil when the class of 1983 crossed the gym floor at Rocori High School.

“I didn’t want to leave,” says Billy as he sits in the boys locker room two hours before a wrestling meet.   

His own wrestling career was cut short by a junior high school injury and concerns about heart problems more prevalent in Down Syndrome kids.

Now, 28 years and four coaches later, Billy Steil is still managing to manage. 

“He’s just part of the team,” proclaims Paul Court, Rocori’s current coach.

For a generation of athletes and fans, Billy has come to symbolize the spirit of Rocori. “An icon is a good word,” says Nathan Humbert who wrestled for Rocori in the 1990s.

The only thing that makes him sad is that at season’s end everyone else has to go away.

“I’m gonna miss you,” he says to Dorf as tears well up in eyes. “I’m gonna miss you too Bill,” says the sturdy senior as he locks Bill in hug.

Rocori parent Molly Olivier has seen this before. “He’s extremely sensitive. He falls in love with the team and the seniors mean so very, very much to him every year and he gets upset that there’s a senior leaving, and we keep reminding him, there’s more coming up next year. They’re going to be your new best friend next year.”

Trust me when I say you really want to watch this story.

Watch the story: Land of 10,000 Stories: Rocori is ‘Billy’s Place’

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  1. I found your blog on alphainventions. I love the idea of happy news… keep up the good work! 🙂

    cnhutch

    02/21/2009 at 9:44 am

  2. Thanks for stopping by! If you read good anything or see anything good in your hometown… send it my way. I’ll post it to the blog. 🙂

    allpositivenews

    02/21/2009 at 9:57 am


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