WELLESLEY (CBS) – Seventeen-year-old Williams Fahey has been an inspiration to friends, family, and teammates as he’s dealt with cerebral palsy while being the biggest supporter of the Wellesley High School football program.
On Saturday, Fahey added one more inspiring moment to his track record.
He took the field with his teammates and, despite being confined to a wheelchair most of the time, took the handoff on the Raiders’ opening play from scrimmage against Brookline.
For six years he’s cheered his Wellesley Raiders on from the sideline.
“On the sidelines it’s different because I’m standing on the track and they never give me the chance to play in a game,” says Will.
His mother is happy to see his dream come true. “He always said, ‘Mom you got to believe, one day I’m really going to play,'” she said.
Will is in his wheelchair most of the time because it’s painful for him to walk, but his coach says he’s motivated. Will says by taking the field Saturday he wants to encourage others with CP that anything is possible.
“It’s in my spirit I want to start a sport foundation with people with CP,” says Will. “(Football) gets me connected to my team and my friends and I love being with them 24/7.”
Video courtesy Greg Story/Wellesley Media