It’s fair to say that no varsity track & field athlete has ever earned a varsity letter jacket with less measurable physical activity than Dillan McCants. It’s also probably fair to say that no one has done more to get there.
As reported by Philadelphia-area network WPVI, McCants put together one of the more inspiring 30-feet spans in recent memory to officially be recognized as a member of the Phoenixville High School varsity track & field squad. McCants’ long journey to varsity status was the brainchild of Phoenixville track coach Dustin Poole, who challenged the teen to test his own physical limitations.
It’s clear that Poole always believed that McCants could make it down the track to earn a varsity spot.
“Everyone has a place in their life where they feel like they can’t do something, but I said, ‘You can do the impossible!'” Phoenixville track coach Dustin Poole told the local ABC affiliate. Also a teacher’s assistant who has taken McCants under his wing, Poole added, “The moment when it happened and he walked across that finish line, I was in tears – the greatest moment in my coaching career ever.”
The 16-year-old’s attempt wasn’t quite so simple. First he had to undergo major physical therapy twice a week to increase his mobility, a challenge since he hadn’t walked on his own since he was much younger. All the personal work paid off, and sent the entire town on hand into celebratory hysterics.
Naturally, McCants was chief among them.
“They are the best people I’ve ever met – the people at Phoenixville High School,” McCants told WPVI.