PELHAM, Ala. — A high school soccer manager with down syndrome was recently surprised by teammates in central Alabama.
Oak Mountain soccer players presented 18-year-old Chandler Herrero with a championship ring, Al.com (http://bit.ly/2cqWlWU) reported. Herrero was given the ring by Eagles players to thank him for his consistent support during their championship seasons in 2015-16.
“He deserves it just like us, (because) he helped us get there,” said Kennedy Davis, a senior soccer player at Oak Mountain. “He’s always there for us, and we want to support him.”
Herrero visited coach Daniel DeMasters classroom for the surprise ceremony this week. He was surrounded by his teammates, special education teachers and mother when he was presented the ring.
Herrero initially appeared after the room erupted in cheer and Michael Reeder slipped the ring on his finger.
“It’s a memory I’m going to have forever,” Reeder said of opening the box and giving Herrero the ring. “It’s just an honor.”
Oak Mountain won a second straight AHSAA Class 7A boys’ soccer title in May with a 28-0-2 record. Herrero worked three years with the boys’ soccer program, wearing the No. 23 jersey at games.
“He’s just part of us and what we do,” DeMasters said. “We enjoy having him around. He’s so funny. I’m so serious sometimes, but it seems like he would always say something funny and ease the huddle.”