Football Team Raises Funds For Deaf Child To Play - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Football Team Raises Funds For Deaf Child To Play

Posted: Updated:
FRANKLIN, Mass. -

Set, hut.

Eight, nine and ten year olds on the Franklin Charger's Pop Warner team are learning about the game of football and also about how to be part of a team. Anyone who has been on a team knows that a key part is learning how to communicate and follow instructions.

But for number 47, when the coaches yell out a play, he only hears silence.

Nine year old Kyle Florio has been deaf since birth. He was born with the love of football. Kyle's parents are also deaf and they wanted their son to be able to play sports just like all the other kids. So they supported his decision when he wanted to join the Pop Warner league.

"I feel like it's a little different. Most of the time, feels just normal," says Kyle through an interpreter.

This year mark the third year Kyle has been drafted by the Charger's as a defensive back. And thanks to his team's generosity, they have raised thousands of dollars every year to make sure Kyle has an interpreter right there on the field with him, putting Kyle on a level playing field with everyone else.

"It's really nice to have an interpreter there. Have full communication access, full enjoyment. It's almost like a sense of equity among the players, says Steve Florio, Kyle's father, through an interpreter.

One way they've been able to simplify communication for Kyle is to assign each play a number. That way, the interpreter only needs to sign a number and Kyle knows what to do. Kyle wears a wrist band with the plays and their corresponding numbers written out for him. He's also learned how to use his disability as an ability because it forces him to make full use of all of his other senses.

"He may notice more movement; may be giving him more cues or hints of what's coming at him. He might be able to break to the play sooner. There's some advantages," says Steve Florio.

"If a player is out of position, he'll go and help him in his right position and help get him in his right alignment. It's unbelievable," says the coach.

"He's a good catcher. He's good at getting hand offs and he's just a good friend," says a teammate.

So far, the team has raised over $2,000 of the $3,600 they need for an interpreter. They're holding another fund-raiser tomorrow.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:45:07 GMT
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
  • Kraft Foods Group Recalls 96,000 Pounds Of Hot Dogs

    Kraft Foods Group Recalls 96,000 Pounds Of Hot Dogs

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:34:34 GMT
    Kraft Foods Group, Inc. has issued a recall for approximately 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners.
    Kraft Foods Group, Inc. has issued a recall for approximately 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners.
  • Four Injured In Car Crash On I-295

    Four Injured In Car Crash On I-295

    Four Injured In Car Crash On I-295

    Sunday, April 20 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-04-20 22:18:55 GMT
    Four people were taken to the hospital on Sunday afternoon after a two car collision on the southbound lanes of I-295 in West Deptford.Police say the driver of a Nissan and another vehicle with 3 passengers collided. Their vehicles ended up stopped on the left lane of I-295. All four victims were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.The far left lane of I-295 southbound was blocked as crews cleared the scene.
    Four people were taken to the hospital on Sunday afternoon after a two car collision on the southbound lanes of I-295 in West Deptford.Police say the driver of a Nissan and another vehicle with 3 passengers collided. Their vehicles ended up stopped on the left lane of I-295. All four victims were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.The far left lane of I-295 southbound was blocked as crews cleared the scene.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices