Madera teen with special needs scores Senior Night touchdown

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It was a big night for one Madera High School Senior.

Kody Coushman was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome as a baby. The chromosome defect means he has special needs, but it hasn’t stopped him from suiting up with his Coyotes football teammates the past four years.

“I have loved Friday night lights,” Marnee Coushman, Kody’s mother said.

He’s been cheering the players on from the sidelines, but on Friday he took to the field for a very special moment.

Kody took the field and scored a special preplanned touchdown for his Senior Night. It was two firsts for the 18-year-old.

“Special needs kids want to be like everybody else and it’s inspiring to know they can be,” Marnee said.

Coach Kenny Paolinelli said Kody has taught him along the way.

“He’s opened up my eyes to a whole different world and I’m so lucky to be around him. So I’m thankful,” he said.

Marnee said it’s been an unforgettable year for Kody, who was also crowned homecoming king at the last home game.

She said he’s now living his dream on the field, and it’s a night and feeling he won’t forget.

“So happy. I like it. I love it,” Kody said.

Teammates said they also scored the day Kody came around.

“He’s kind of like the mesh that brings us all together,” teammate Isaiah Martinez said.

“Kody is a really wonderful person to be around. He’s our sideline specialist,” teammate Richard Lozana said.

Marnee said her son is an inspiration.

“The smile on his face says it all. That’s why I do what I do for him, because all it is, is that smile. It tells the whole story,” she said.

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