10/10/2012 02:51 pm ET

Jack McGraw, 8th Grader With Cerebral Palsy, Scores His First Touchdown (WATCH)

By Ted Schnell

Eighth-grader Jack McGraw has dreamed of scoring a touchdown for his football team at Haines Middle School in St. Charles. His was a dream, however, that seemed unattainable.

But according to school officials, McGraw refused to let his dream die, despite his reliance on a wheelchair to get around. Thanks to his coaches, his teammates and the coaches and members of the opposing team — Batavia’s Rotolo Middle School — Jack scored the first touchdown of his life last week during the St. Charles/Haines Middle School Football Invitational Tournament.

The St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 Board of Education on Tuesday recognized Jack, his coaches and teammates at Haines, and the Rotolo Middle School football team and coaches for the display of character, compassion that came together to fulfill a dream, against the odds.

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Video Credit Jerry O’Brien/District 303