Teen With Cerebral Palsy Brings Coach to Tears at High School Track Meet


Dillan McCant was skeptical when track and field coach Dustin Poole told him to try out for the team. How could he, a 16-year-old with cerebral palsy, run track? But Coach wasn’t so skeptical.

“If Neil Armstrong could defy gravity, you can do this,” Poole told him. So McCant, a sophomore, joined the Phoenixville Area High School track team.

Last week, a season of hard work reached its peak when McCant earned his varsity letter by walking 30 feet across the finish line at his team’s track meet in Phoenixville, Penn.

“It’s hard to describe how I felt when Dil crossed that line because it makes me speechless to think about how far he’s come,” Coach Poole told The Mighty. “I was in tears. It was a moment I will never forget.”

That special moment was caught on tape:



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