Teen Says Football Helped Him Overcome Autism Faith, Sport Prepared Autistic Teen For College by Steve Kiggins, CBS Atlanta Reporter
POSTED: 11:30 pm EST November 14, 2010 UPDATED: 12:18 am EST November 15, 2010
SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- A teenager in Gwinnett County says his love for football and his faith helped him overcome his autism. Cortland Hale was diagnosed with autism when he was three years old. After following his brother’s footsteps into the game of football, Cortland says the comradery of the game is what helped him overcome his communication problems and his shyness.
“When I started playing it just changed the way, you know, it helped me socially and just really gave me confidence to say, I can do anything,” said Cortland.
Because of his faith and his passion for the game of football, Cortland said he overcame his obstacles and has been accepted into college.
“I was so excited that I got in, it’s such a blessing to me that I finally got in,” he said. “I wanted to show people that anything is possible and that you just keep fighting and you don’t know how far you’ll get in life if you keep fighting.”