High school senior paralyzed during football game gets standing ovation as he walks at graduation

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High school senior paralyzed during football game gets standing ovation as he walks at graduation
High school senior paralyzed during football game gets standing ovation as he walks at graduation. Courtesy of Hayden Hamilton.

A Pittsburgh high school senior, who was paralyzed during a football game 3 years ago, received a standing ovation as he got up from his wheelchair and walked 10 yards to receive his diploma.

“That felt better than any touchdown I ever scored,” Hayden Hamilton told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette of the inspirational moment.

And it all took place on the very same football field where his injury took place.

“I think it’s cool that I did this on the field where it all happened,” Hayden told the outlet. “I just wanted to be able to walk off that field again because I never got to do it that night. I’d say that was the main goal, to walk off that field once more.”

Hayden plans to attend Butler Community College in the fall with the hopes of one day attending a four-year college. And as for walking, he said he’s going to take it one day at a time. Congratulations, Hayden, you are a true inspiration to many, and there’s no doubt that you are destined to continue to do amazing things.


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