The San Antonio Scorpions of the NASL have announced that they will be signing Michael Kelley, a special needs athlete from Wichita, Kan., who was told to remove his letterman jacket at a sporting event because he is not a varsity athlete.
Since the event, Michael's cause has been trending throughout the country, with people writing to East High School to ask that special needs athletes be given letterman jackets as varsity athletes are.
Now Kelley and his family will be flown to San Antonio and be guests of the team as it takes on the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and Michael will sign an NASL contract with the team.
Michael's story holds special resonance for the Scorpions, a team founded by the group Soccer for a Cause, which gives all its net profits to Morgan's Wonderland, an amusement park built for the enjoyment of special needs individuals.
- Brendan Maloy