Keegan Erbst watches from sidelines during a Sequoyah Middle School football game, Thursday, September 27, 2012.
I usually cover football games involving high school or college athletes, with an emphasis on game action and the final score. But a few weeks ago I had the privilege of photographing Keegan Erbst and the Sequoyah Middle School football in Edmond. Keegan suffers from muscular dystrophy and is unable to play the sport he loves. But because of three childhood friends Keegan is now part of the team.
Keegan Erbst reacts beside his father, Scott, during a Sequoyah Middle School football game, Thursday, September 27, 2012. Keegan, who has muscular dystrophy and is confined to a wheelchair, was name caption of the team after players Lucas Coker, James Colton, and Parker Tomlinson, pushed suggested it to the coach. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Friends Colton James, Lucas Coker, and Parker Tumelson decided to surprise Keegan with a jersey and invite him to attend the games on the sidelines so he could be involved with team.
Keegan Erbst is surrounded by the Sequoyah Middle School football team as they huddle up during halftime of their game, Thursday, September 27, 2012.
You can view an audio slideshow I put together that goes along with Jenni Carlson’s story about eighth-graders.
Keegan Erbst prays with the team before a Sequoyah Middle School football game, Thursday, September 27, 2012.