BETHEL. Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The town of Bethel has slowly been rebuilding its football tradition, and two brothers have been there through it all.
Travis Wheeler and his brother Zach started playing football together in the third grade when Bethel’s youth program began. But Travis eventually made the decision to step off the field. Travis has cerebral palsy and is legally blind. He felt he could help the program the most by becoming team manager.
When Travis and Zach became freshman, football was reinstated at Telstar high school. In the four years of the varsity program, Travis has never missed a game and rarely misses a practice, bringing his wealth of football knowledge and his upbeat attitude with him each day.
But this Saturday, for Travis and Zach’s final homecoming game, Travis will finally get to experience taking the field with his team. He has been named Telstar’s honorary captain, and will walk out with the other captains, including his brother, for the coin toss. The news came as a surprise to Travis, and he was apprehensive at first, but eventually welcomed the idea.
For the Wheeler brothers, football is more than just a game, it’s a bond they share. And on Saturday they will get to share it arm and arm, leading the team they love, together.