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Kicker Makes History as First Player with Down Syndrome to Score in College Football Game

Emily Mangiaracina : Nov 24, 2021  LifeSiteNews

"He has set a benchmark showing the parents of all these children born with these disabilities, anything's possible. That kid's living proof." – Kevin Cox

(Nelsonville, OH) — [Lifesitenews.com] On September 11, Caden Cox became the first known person with Down syndrome in history to play and score a point in a college football game. (Photo Credit: Caden Cox)

Caden's mother, Mari Cox, told ESPN College Football that despite being told by a special needs counselor when Caden was in first grade that he would never go to college or even graduate from high school, she and her husband always encouraged Caden to "go for it" when it came to his interests.

From an early age, Caden was already practicing taekwondo, and he now has a black belt, his mother said. He played percussion in band, threw the shot put and discus in track and field, was on his high school dive team and football team, and he "was instrumental in helping start" a high school "inclusion club."

"He's always loved football," said his father, Kevin Cox.

Mari Cox shared how, having already played for his high school football team, "Caden was like, hey, why not try [college] football?"

Caden's "natural choice" was Hocking College, where his mother works, his dad coaches, and older brother Zane once kicked. It is the only junior college in Ohio with a football program.

Hocking College head coach Ted Egger said his first question was, "Can he kick?"

"And we saw that he could do that, and he was one of those young men that deserved an opportunity to get his degree and play football while doing it," Egger said.

In games, Caden wears No. 21, which represents the 21st chromosome characteristic of Down syndrome.

It was during the third quarter of a home game against Sussex Community College on September 11 when Caden was given the opportunity to attempt an extra point that "made history."

"He was beaming. He said, 'I did it, mom!'" Mari Cox recounted. Caden shared how people told him it "was an awesome kick."

Caden went on to finish the season "a perfect 4 for 4 in extra points," and he "already had a name, image and likeness endorsement."

He currently has his sights set on Ohio State University after he earns his associate's degree.

"He has set a benchmark showing the parents of all these children born with these disabilities, anything's possible," Kevin Cox said. "That kid's living proof."

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