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Tue Oct 15, 2013, 12:29 PM

Coach makes special needs students feel like part of the team

Before every home game, Georgia high school football coach Scott Hamilton makes sure to add some special players to his roster.

For two years, Hamilton has surprised special needs students at Paulding County High School near Atlanta by making them part of the team for that week's game. The "Player of the Day'' gets his own jersey and takes part in all the team activities, from the pep rally to riding the bus to the pregame dinner to running out of the tunnel on to the field.

"It just gives them a chance to be part of something they normally don't get to be a part of,'' Hamilton told TODAY's Gabe Gutierrez in a segment on Tuesday.

A pair of special needs students, Levi Bishop and Austin Beal, were recently selected by Hamilton to be part of the team for a game.


from the today show. video at link.

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