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Kick of hope: Autistic player kicks game-winning field goal against HS rival

Dec 4, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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Anthony Starego is the varsity placekicker for Brick Township High School in New Jersey, and in Oct. booted the game-winning field goal against perennial powerhouse Toms River North. What makes this story special is that Starego is autistic.

At 18 years old, Starego functions at the level of a 10-year-old, but kicking is especially suited to him because it’s the one thing in football that is the same every time you do it. That consistency helps him manage his life. Starego took up kicking after watching his favorite team, Rutgers, win a game vs. Louisville with a field goal in the final seconds six years ago. Great report by ESPN: see the video here, and I dare you not to be moved by Anthony’s story.

Anthony’s dad:

“That kick is a kick of hope. We did it. Buddy, we did it. We did the impossible.”

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