BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- It takes all kinds of people to build a winning football program.
Players at Blue Springs High School will tell you their MVP doesn't wear helmets or pads, but he has a permanent view from the sideline.
When stadium lights shine on Friday nights at Peve Stadium, the Wildcats always come to play. Coach Kelly Donahoe's Cats say they wouldn't want to do this without one very special fan on their sidelines.
Search far and wide, and you won't find a bigger Blue Springs fan than Jeremy Wynne. Football isn't merely his favorite focus, but a means of relief. Wynne, now 29, has lived with Generalized Dystonia since was seven-years old. Generalized Dystonia is a neurological condition similar to Parkinson's Disease, and forces Wynne to ride in a wheelchair rather than to run as he previously could.
"Jeremy is in a lot of pain a lot of the time," Terri Wynne, Jeremy's mother, said. "For him to feel like he’s part of the team takes his mind off it, and he lives for Friday nights."
Donahoe befriended Wynne while working lunchroom duty at the school. Anytime the Wildcats score between the stripes, players greet Wynne with hugs and high-fives as they head back to the sideline benches.
"This is like the icing on the cake in his life," Steve Wynne, Jeremy's father, said. "He just lives for it every year. He’s out here. He’s part of the team."
The 2007 Blue Springs High graduate means so much to this program, photos from his own adaptive baseball games hang in the team's locker room, and players walk across a home plate design painted into the sidewalk near the Wildcats home locker rooms.
"Our kids fall in love with him. They realize he’s all about Blue Springs and Blue Springs football," Donahoe said.
The Blue Springs Wildcats have plenty of reasons to win this Friday. Donahoe's team is winless (0-2) at this point in a season for the first time in four years. They'll host crosstown rivals from Blue Springs South (2-0) on Friday night.