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Athlete With Down Syndrome Debuts Major League Soccer Jersey in New York

Scotty Stephens, a Special Olympian and soccer player with Down syndrome, was tapped by the Colorado Rapids major league soccer team to model its new jersey during a major event in New York ahead of fashion week.

On Wednesday, Major League Soccer (MLS) hosted its Forward25 event to reveal and celebrate each team’s new kit for the upcoming season in celebration of the league’s 25th anniversary. Each team sent a representative to show off its new jersey at the event, including Stephens for the soccer team Colorado Rapids.

Stephens is a forward for the Colorado Rapids Special Olympics Unified Team, which includes people with and without disabilities, and is an active member of Special Olympics Colorado. According to a Rapids press release, Stephens also plays basketball and football for the Special Olympics.

CSDSA's own Scotty Stephens gets the honor of going to New York City next week to reveal the Colorado Rapids Soccer Club…

Posted by Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Association on Saturday, February 1, 2020

Dubbed “The Nine Six” jersey in honor of the Colorado Rapids’ founding in 1996, Stephens donned the maroon jersey alongside 25 other team models, which included Colin Hanks, Lindsay Ell and DeAndre Hopkins, among others. The Rapids will officially suit up in the new kit at the start of the soccer season on Feb. 29.

Header image via Major League Soccer’s Twitter