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Boy with autism joins Windsor High football team

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Nathan Mascola shows off his jersey after being part of the Windsor High football team on Friday. (WFSB) Nathan Mascola shows off his jersey after being part of the Windsor High football team on Friday. (WFSB)
WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) -

A Windsor Middle School student lived out his dream as he got to be a part of the high school football team during their homecoming on Friday night.

Nathan Mascola has autism and players took him under their wings for Friday night game.

He was greeted by chants and cheers. Friday night was Mascola’s night and he was overwhelmed by all the support. And players were more than willing to set this all up.

“He's just a great kid. He gives everyone a good vibe and every does it for him and got asset to the team,” Melik Ellis, linebacker for the Windsor High School football team, said.

Not only did he run out with the team, but Mascola also sat and cheered on the sidelines while the players took on their homecoming game against EO Smith.  

“It's a great experience,” Tyler Coyle, who is on the Windsor High School football team, said. “Every day in the locker room, he shakes are hands and it's an amazing experience.

Even though Mascola has autism, he has a love for football and goes to practices and games.

“He's always there to make our days better, put a smile on our face, shaking our hand,” Bennie Fulse, running back is on the Windsor High School football team, said. [It was] great to have him.”

Mascola's brother is on the team, but he had nothing to do with the set up.

“The kids, that they would do that I just think is so wonder and there are good kids playing football,” Mascola's grandmother Margie Janik said.

Even when the game is over, Mascola wasn't leaving empty handed. He was also given a team jersey and he thought it was “very cool.”

Mascola said the best part of football is the tackling.

Windsor High School took the win as they defeated EO Smith 55-6.  

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