When the Fremont Ross High School football team needed a new placekicker, the team’s special teams coach was willing to try anyone who could make a kick. Eventually he landed on the rather obvious but unlikely solution: His own son, a 17-year-old with Down Syndrome.
Caden Cox is that teen, and he enters the season as one of Fremont Ross’ kickers after a summer connecting on field goal attempts in team practices.
“Caden jumped up there and began making some field goals and was kicking better than some of the middle school kids and a couple of the high school kids so we were like this could work,” Caden’s father, Kevin Cox, told Toledo CBS affiliate WTOL. “This is a big one for me, because I was brought up in football, and to put a kid with Down Syndrome on the field, I think it’s a big hurdle.”
Perhaps Coach Cox and his colleagues shouldn’t have been so surprised at Caden Cox’s ability to perform on the field. After all, he’s been excelling on plenty of others over the years. Now he’ll get the chance to follow directly in the footsteps of his older brother, all with his father looking on watchfully.
“Caden’s a three-time State of Ohio Special Olympics swimmer,” Kevin Cox told WTOL. “He’s in the band here, he’s on the swim team. He throws the shot put and discus on the track team.”