Iowa mom pens heartfelt letter to rival team after sportsmanship to son in wheelchair

Photo: Jennifer Rabbit/Special to the Register

Iowa mom pens heartfelt letter to rival team after sportsmanship to son in wheelchair


Iowa mom pens heartfelt letter to rival team after sportsmanship to son in wheelchair


The Cedar Falls (Iowa) football team beat Ankeny in a 28-27 thriller on Sept. 13. But it was the action immediately after the game that everyone’s talking about.

Jennifer Rabbitt, an Ankeny (Iowa) stepmom to Quinton Munson, the Hawks’ wheelchair-bound manager, was touched to see that their fierce sporting rivals on the opposing Cedar Falls team took the time after the game to actively reach out and acknowledge her son in a heartwarming display of sportsmanship.

Rabbitt was so touched that she wrote a letter of thanks to the Cedar Falls Athletic Director Troy Becker, which was subsequently shared to Facebook by Ann Remmert, wife of the Cedar Falls Tigers football coach.

“I never expected my letter to get this much attention, I just wanted the Cedar Falls Tigers parents, guardians, teachers and mentors to know that they are doing an amazing job raising some awesome young men,” Rabbitt told the Register. “My heart is beyond full with the love Cedar Falls has shown my stepson and the love they have shown me.”

Here’s the letter in full:

Dear Mr. Becker,

Last night I drove 2 hours to support my step son, Quinton, and the Ankeny Hawks. My high school football team won the state championship my senior year and I was so excited to come back to the dome.

My son isn’t a player though, as much as he would love to be, he is a football manager. Quinton is wheelchair bound and struggles to fit in sometimes. This was his first away game that he got to ride with the team and although he was excited, I was nervous for so many reasons.

Last night was an intense game that had my heart racing so many times. To say I was upset we lost would be an understatement, but what I saw your team do after it was over, erased that in a second.

You see, Q was struggling getting across the field to shake their hands and tell them they played a great game. Your players went out of their way to shake his hand, some had even turned towards their sideline and catching a glimpse of him, came the rest of the way across the field just to shake his hand or give him a high five.

In a world surrounded by hate, your players showed me that there is still so much good in the world, we just focus too much on the bad. With tears in my eyes and a full heart, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. That meant more to me than you could ever know.

Although last night I arrived a Hawk fan, I became an even bigger Tiger fan before I left. Tell the coaches and high school staff they’ve done an amazing job on and off the field. Keep it up!

Please feel free to share this with the players as well so they can go home and tell their parents that this momma says thank you for raising some amazing young men.

Last night wasn’t just about the W, they made a difference in our little world that we will never forget. Good luck to you all this year and I look forward to another meeting!


One Grateful Momma

Jennifer Rabbit, Jon Munson, Quinton Munson, Cyndy Phillips and Ryan Phillips of Ankeny comprise Quinton’s family and pose together with him as he wears his Ankeny Hawks jersey. (Photo: Jennifer Rabbit/Special to the Register)


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