Boy with Cerebral Palsy Runs Inspiring Race (Video)


Though spastic cerebral palsy makes running a major challenge for Matt, he opts to run in the Field Day at Colonial Hills Elementary School. Part way through the first lap, he loses steam. His gym teacher and best friend, Mr. Blaine, comes up to offer encouragement and stays with him through the rest of the race.

That would already be touching, but his fellow students do the same. First one, then a small group, then the whole gang of students surround him. They chant, “Letís go, Matt, letís go.” They clap. They cheer, and together they encourage him across the finish line.

When Matt ends the 400-meter race, his classmates give him high-fives, lots of hugs and heaps of love.

Colonial Hills Elementary School in Worthington, Ohio, has a mission to “enable all students to become ethical, productive citizens who are challenged to reach their potential through a partnership of families, staff and our diverse community.”

On the day of this race, they achieved their mission.


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Photo from video by MidwestCurrans via YouTube


Barbra D.
Barbra Drake4 years ago

Documented proof of why computers will never replace teachers, and why a school is about more than grades.

Angela N.
Angela N.4 years ago


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago

Truly inspirational! Thanks for this uplifting article.

Maryann Cortright

totally awesome. that brought tears of joy and happiness to my eyes. it is nice to see acts of kindness in the world that has has gone so wrong. Totally brave young man

Erika M.
Erika M.4 years ago

Okay, I admit it, I cried. Things like this give me hope for our future. What a great teacher and awesome bunch of kids.

Sailor H.
Past Member 4 years ago

Inspiring! I also know that if people with CP push their bodies too hard, they can really hurt when they're older.

Nina Anghel
Nina Anghel4 years ago

That's so great!

Nina Anghel
Nina Anghel4 years ago

What a great story!!

Kristen H.
Kristen H.4 years ago

That's so great!

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.4 years ago