‘Band of brothers’ honor disabled boy

When they heard their six-year-old water boy was being teased, the PeeWee football team declared Danny Appreciation Day at their elementary s
chool, reports The (Brockton, MA) Enterprise.

Danny Keefe has trouble speaking due to childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). He also stands out because he wears a suit and tie and a fedora hat every day.

Tommy Cooney, 11, quarterback of the Bridgewater Badgers heard Danny was being teased because of his speech. The fifth-grader decided to wear a suit to school to show his support.

“He’s such a good person. He doesn’t let it bother him. He goes on with his day. He’s a 6-year-old kid. We should all respect that,” said Tommy, whose father, Tom, is the team’s head coach.

Tommy told his fellow Badgers about “Danny Appreciation Day” and they all thought it was a great idea, including Danny’s older brother Tim, 10, who plays on the team.

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, more than 40 students from Mitchell and Williams crowded around the little boy with the winning personality in the Williams library cheering “Danny, Danny.”

“This is the best day ever,” Danny said, beaming.

Tim said his little brother is an inspiration. “Every day he comes home and says he doesn’t care what other people think of him. He only cares what he thinks of himself,” Tim said.

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  1. Richard Aubrey says:

    Not the season for allergies….

    Must be the entitled jocks we keep hearing about.