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VOTE: TJ Neeves for Heart of a Giant Award

(PHOTO: Vote for TJ Neeves for USA Football's Heart of a Giant award.)
(PHOTO: Vote for TJ Neeves for USA Football’s Heart of a Giant award.)

All Garnets can make a difference by voting for Rye student TJ Neeves for USA Football’s Heart Of A Giant award. The award program seeks to highlight Tri-State high school athletes or other designated student team members who demonstrate that extra something special – “the ones that have a relentless work ethic and unmatched love for the game”.

Vote for TJ Neeves – you can vote once/day until Sunday, October 30th (scroll down to the fifth row to find TJ).

(PHOTO: Rye student TJ Neeves.)
(PHOTO: Rye student TJ Neeves.)

TJ Neeves is an almost 16 year old boy who was born with a severe intellectual disability. Despite his intellectual disability it does not stop him from wanting to be just like any other normal kid. TJ’s father pushed for him to be involved in football, and with a little help from Rye football coach Dino Garr, TJ is now part of the JV football team.

Nominated for the Heart Of A Giant award by the Rye Athletic Department TJ loves to lead the team in his “touch down moment” at every game. “He may not fully realize it but he is inspiring inclusion and kindness in not only his teammates, but those on the opposing team and as he runs down that field toward the goal line,” Rye Athletics said in its award submission.

Vote for TJ Neeves – you can vote once/day until Sunday, October 30th (scroll down to the fifth row to find TJ).

You can read TJ’s story and the full nomination submitted by Rye Athletics below. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a $10,000 equipment grant for his or her high school.

ABOUT THE NOMINEE TJ Neeves

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