We have a great story to share coming by way of Thursday’s Warwick-Valley Central jayvee game.
The highlight came when freshman Kyle LeDuc converted a two-point conversion in the first quarter of Warwick’s 19-12. LeDuc, who has muscular dystrophy, is bound to a wheelchair. According to Warwick athletic director Greg Sirico, the two schools’ made the arrangement to allow LeDuc to come in for one play.
For LeDuc, it was a dream come true.
“It felt awesome,” he said. “It was cool to know that everyone from Warwick was behind me. I was definitely excited, I really couldn’t believe it.”
LeDuc’s dad, Paul, played linebacker and running back for Warwick, graduating in 1988. Paul LeDuc is a modified assistant coach at Warwick and active in the Warwick Youth Football program. Kyle serves as the manager for the jayvee team.
Kyle LeDuc has never played football.
“I can’t explain it,” Paul LeDuc said. “It’s hard to explain, it’s a tear-jerker. Kyle was nothing but smiles. This has been his dream, it’s something we wish he could do more of. Kyle is a sports kind of guy. He knows everything about sports.”
LeDuc was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at age three. According to Sirico, he has been in a wheelchair since being in an accident as a seventh-grader.
Muscular dystrophy is a group of genetic diseases in which muscle fibers are unusually susceptible to damage. These damaged muscles become progressively weaker. Most people who have muscular dystrophy will eventually need to use a wheelchair, according to the Mayo Clinic.
“Something like this just makes you look at the big picture,” Sirico said. “This is much bigger than football. Kyle just loves the sport and we are lucky to have him be part of the program. It was definitely a special day for all of us.”