After being assaulted during a 5k, Chase Coleman turned in his cross country jersey to his coach, never wanting to run again. But with the support of the community behind them, Chase's mother and coaches put on an event on his home course to encourage him to get back into the sport. For a high schooler with autism, Chase's mother knew the importance of athletics for her son, from calming his energy to helping him make friends.
"When his team showed up to his 13th birthday bro mitzvah, I knew then he had friends. That’s a big thing for a child on the spectrum, will they ever have friends? When your child’s on a team, they have friends, and it’s so cool. And they accept him. Chase could be last, and they do not care. They wait at that line, they clap for him, they give him support," she said.