The Burton Recreational Football league is hosting Youth Bowl Games (JV and Varsity) in honor of Kyle Kutcher and his family, one of their fellow Badgers. The proceeds from the games will go to the Kutcher family. At the Varsity game on Oct. 28, fifth-grader Dani Taraba, who cheers for the team, got to see her dream of playing football come true. What happened was like something out of a movie.
Dani is 11 years old and has Down Syndrome, which doesn’t stop her from doing anything. She absolutely loves football and firmly states that she wants to play in the NFL. Since the game was for fun, Dani got to dress the part in full uniform and gear and be with the boys on the sideline. They worked on a scripted play during football practice where they gave her the ball and she ran in for a touchdown.
When Dani arrived at the field for the game, the Two Team Captains Logan Jesewski and Maddex Clancibello had decided (on their own) that Dani should be an honorary Captain and asked if she would like to join them on the field for the coin toss. Throughout the game, Dani was one of them. She was introduced with the team and the boys treated her like she was one of the team.
When the second quarter was over and right before halftime, they did one more play. Dani was directed to go in and they told her they would give her the ball. The boys said she should just run and keep going to get a touchdown. They started the play on the 40 yard line, gave Dani the ball and she ran her little heart out. As she was running, her teammates were blocking for her. The opposing team, The LaBrae Little Vikings, were chasing after her and faking missed tackles and falls. The stadium went crazy with cheers for Dani, the amazing child who ran all the way in for a touchdown. Even the referees were in on it and waved it an official touchdown. Dani was beaming with pride and beyond excited that she had just made a touchdown. Although Dani cheers for the team, after this, she didn’t want her pom poms. All she wanted to hold was that football.
Dani’s mother Sandy wants to thank the amazing team and coach for their part in helping make one girl’s dream of playing football come true.