AVON – A touchdown run by Frank Ruggeri will not only live for decades in the hearts and minds of both Avon and Bath Football players, it will serve as a special memory to a wonderful young man with autism.
Seventh grader Frank Ruggeri made ‘Ruggeri’s Run’ in a modified football game between the Avon Braves and the Bath-Haverling Rams. Ruggeri, wearing number seven, came out of the backfield and made the 80-yard touchdown run along the left sideline electrifying players, coaches and fans as they all cheered in support.
An Avon field official called the Bath athletic director the next day to give kudos and thanks.
“Your coach and your players showed so much class, it was unbelievable, when they allowed the young boy to run 80 yards for a touchdown,” said Avon official Tom Leader. “You have no idea how incredible that was as an official to watch, how proud your boys were and even more so how proud the young child was when he scored. Every single one of your kids went up there, patted him on the shoulder, gave him a high five, and told him how great of a run that he had.”
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