Heart of the Game: Motivating from the sidelines

Heart of the Game: Motivating from the sidelines


Heart of the Game: Motivating from the sidelines


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Sam Williar suits up for every practice and game at St. Joseph’s in St. Augustine.

“Being on the football team is great,” he said.

Williar has Asperger Syndrome. It’s a high functioning form of autism. That’s not something that’s stopping Williar.

Though he doesn’t get much time on the field, Williar spends his time on the sidelines cheering on his teammates, and motivating them.

“He does contribute a lot with his character and his demeanor,” said Thompson Hinman, who’s the starting quarterback at St. Joseph’s and Williar’s best friend on the team.

“I will say the team is better because of Sam Williar. He makes everyone around him better,” said Hinman.

Williar, along with his parents, said being part of the football team, and being so accepted, is helping him in every other part of his life.

“I feel like I made some progress,” Williar said.

Williar went on to say he’ll stay on the sidelines, cheering on his team.

“I’ve never even played before,” he said. “I feel like I’m doing very good. I feel like this is what I’m called to do,” said Williar.


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