MENU
component-ddb-728x90-v1-01-desktop

MUST-SEE: Football recruit lets friend with disability announce he picked Syracuse

A football recruit from South Carolina promised his friend he'd tell him which school he'd chosen first (Courtesy: Scott Eisberg).

It's one of the most memorable signing day moments you'll ever see: A football recruit from South Carolina tells his friend which team he's picked, and then lets him announce the big news.

Cooper Dawson, a 3-star recruit from Hanahan, South Carolina, brought his friend Kingsley Feinman, who has cerebral palsy, to his signing day announcement Wednesday morning.

"I brought Kingsley out here today because he's inspired me a lot through the torn ACL process," Dawson said. "He taught me that the only disability is a bad attitude. If he can come around every day with his big smile on, I can do it just the same."

"Without further ado, I told Kingsley I'd announce it to him before I told anyone else, so I'll tell him and he'll announce it to y'all."

Dawson then whispered in Feinman's ear, and let him do the honors.

"He's going to Syracuse!" Feinman said.

Dawson plays defensive end and tight end for Hanahan High School in South Carolina. When he tore his ACL, he started spending more time with Feinman, and they became friends.

Last summer, Feinman's parents hired Dawson to take care of their son as a part-time job.

"I couldn't believe they were paying me to hang out with my friend," Dawson said. "We'd do all the stuff guys do. Go out to eat, hang out with girls."

Dawson says Feinman was involved in his recruiting process every step of the way, so he knew Feinman would be the first to know which school he'd chosen.

"He's an inspiration to me."

Dawson says a fan has reached out to him, offering to pay for a trip for Kingsley and his parents to travel to Syracuse and watch Dawson play in the Carrier Dome next year.



close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off

Trending