One of Autism SA’s young clients was recently given the wonderful opportunity to have the duties of ‘ball boy’ at an NRL game at the Adelaide Oval. Proudly sporting a Rooster’s cape, Cameron, who is seven, brought out the match ball to the teams to kick start the game, thanks to the generosity of Autism SA’s long standing supporter Steggles.
Steggles, who is also a supporter of the NRL team the Sydney Roosters, organised for Cameron to run onto the field and bring the ball to the waiting teams.
Although Cameron, who is sensitive to noise, was initially worried about running out by himself, he did an amazing job on the night, managing to run out onto the field on his own and without his ‘ear defenders’. “Cameron initially wanted to wear his ‘ear defenders’ and wanted his mum to accompany him” explained Kimberly, one of Autism SA’s staff who provides support for him, “but he was so brave and confident on the night that he decided he didn’t need to.”
Cameron and his family were thrilled to have this once in a lifetime opportunity. You can really see the excitement and joy on Cameron’s face after running the ball out.
What a beautiful, heart-warming story demonstrating individuals on the autism spectrum living their potential!
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Photo: Cameron proudly sporting the Roosters cape.
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