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Eagle Scout Kickball Project Helps Special Ed Students

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - If you are a fan of high school sports, you know that there are often rivalries.

What would normally be a face off between Williamson County schools turned out to be a time to come together and to make sure all of the students had a good time?

"I thought it was pretty good," said one student. "And I guess well, I am kind of glad that I'm running by myself and I think Reagan will since she's my partner, she's helping me out a little bit."

Students wore T-shirts that read, "Be afraid."

"We're intimidating and all the other teams should be afraid of us," said student Mike Koenig, who is a kickball coach.

Those other teams would be Ravenwood High School rivals such as Independence and Brentwood high schools.

Mike Regan is a Brentwood High senior. Not only is he on the football team, he's also a kickball coach with his eye right now on pitcher Tommy Walden, who is also known as Tommy Bahama.

"We got him pitching. It's going to be fierce," he said. "He's got a cannon, a fireball."

The kickball tournament was Koenig's Eagle Scout project.

"My sister has autism and I've always wanted to do something to help the special ed and I thought my Eagle Scout project would present a great opportunity for me to be able to do that," he said.

"People just kind of pass in the hall and say ‘Hi' and move on. This is a way to actually form some friendships, some relationships," said Margaret Marotta.

Raegen Queen who partners with Gordon said it's a win-win situation.

"We get a lot out of it too just seeing them all happy and stuff," she said. "Just a chance to help them out, but I think they're having a lot of fun out here. That's what it's all about."

"Sometimes you try to impress everybody or be like the tough guy, but when it comes to out here, you really have fun being yourself. Kind of put your emotions on the line, having fun for the kids, letting the kids have fun," said one student.

One observer said it's a level playing field with onlookers and playing cheering everyone on.

Brentwood High School already had a similar program in place called Care Bears.

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