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Stevenson University team manager Kyle Kaufmann deservedly gets his shot

It’s probably not unique that a dedicated team manager would get his shot on senior night to take the field with the rest of the team.

But in the case of Stevenson University’s Kyle Kaufmann, it’s a little different.

Kaufmann, who would have played soccer regularly if not for his cerebral palsy, will get his shot and realize his dream of taking the field, as he will suit up and play with the starters tonight when Stevenson hosts Hood College in Owings Mills, Md.

“Kyle is one of the kindest, most mentally-tough kids I’ve met in 27 years of coaching,” his coach, John Plevyak, told The Baltimore Sun. “We’ll be out there practicing, on a hot day, and nobody’s complaining because they see Kyle off on the side, running suicide sprints to get in shape for this one game.

As if that wasn’t good enough reason to turn out for the game if you’re in the area, the team is hosting a fundraiser ro raise money for pancreatic cancer research to benefit Team Reason, which was founded by family and friends of the late Ron Smith, a WBAL-AM radio talk show host.

Read the story about Kaufmann in the Baltimore Sun.

Note: The video above, very well done and well worth watching, was put together by Kaufmann’s teammate Jose Sarmiento, a senior film/video major at Stevenson, along with J.R. Schroyer and Lucas Cullen, as part of a class project during Sarmiento’s sophomore year.