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Kansas teen stripped of letterman jacket visits Morgan's Wonderland

Scorpion's owner flies teen to San Antonio for special weekend

SAN ANTONIO – A Kansas teen with special needs who was stripped of his letterman jacket for not being a varsity athlete was in San Antonio this weekend for a special trip.

San Antonio Scorpions owner Gordon Hartman flew Michael Kelley, 19, to the Alamo City to visit Morgan's Wonderland.

"He is an amazing individual who has overcome many obstacles in his life and one of those is being able to play basketball, running up and down the court. He has a heart and lung condition," said Michael Kelley's mother, Jolinda Kelley.

He also has Down syndrome and autism.

"Those are just things that make him the unique, wonderful, compassionate person that he is," Jolinda Kelley said.

Jolinda Kelley said about a year ago the letterman jacket her son wore to represent his school in a tri-county special needs sports league was taken away from him.

"It was removed by a staff member because another parent had complained that he hadn't earned it," Jolinda Kelley said.

The action broke Michael Kelley's heart and for the past year his family has been trying prevent similar situations at other schools.

Hartman heard the teen's story, and decided to fly him out to Toyota Field and make him an official Scorpion. He also paid for him to spend the day at Morgan's Wonderland Saturday.

"It's a dream come true," Jolinda Kelley said.

Michael Kelley has wanted to visit Morgan's Wonderland for almost four years.

"It's very humbling to know that there's people out there that stand up for not only our son, but for every teammate that he has. And people who really believe in equality for everyone," Jolinda Kelley said.


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