Team manager plays last home game for Bushland Middle School's volleyball team
Tue, 08 Oct 2013 03:39:15 GMT —
It was hard to find a seat last night at Bushland Middle School girls volleyball game, as a very special eighth-grader who lives with Down syndrome stole the spotlight as she suited up to play for the first time.
It's one dribble, one set, one spike and for Ally Sims, it's more than just a game of volleyball, it's something she's been a part of for three years as a team manager, but tonight she put on a jersey with purpose.
"I play volleyball and I'm going to win," Ally said.
The Bushland Blackhawks girls' volleyball team capped off a perfect undefeated season, 28-0, but even more special than that, Ally played in the team's last home game.
Volleyball coach, Scott Sims said, "To get Ally out there, it means the world to the kids, as much as it means to Ally and her parents. She's been something special to us, and this is just something to repay her a little bit."
Ally also manages the basketball team at Bushland. She takes stats, helps warm up players and stands on the side as one of their biggest fans, but tonight she had a cheering section of her own.
Ally's mom Kim Sims said, "I'm excited, nervous, humbled by the kids love that they show for her. Their excitement humbles me, just excited."
One of Ally's best friends and biggest supporters Chloe McCown also had a hand in making this day come true.
"It's pretty cool just to be able to see how happy she was, and I don't know, it just made me feel really good," McCown said.
And as for Ally, she had one message for her fans in the stands.
"Hump daaaaaaay," she said laughing.