Last night about 11 o’clock Ben’s dad became aware that a website called MaxPreps had posted a video of 5-year-old Ben running the football for a touchdown during the Murray County (GA) High School Green and White Game last Spring. Because of Ben’s condition and the fact that he will never be able to play football, the Murray County team had given our little guy the opportunity of his life, to play with their team on the high school football field. (You can read about that game and see the television news report here.)
But who or what is MaxPreps, the site that posted the video? According to their website:
“MaxPreps is America’s Source for High School Sports. We are proud to be involved with America’s hometown heroes – the young men and women working hard to improve their skills, place team above self, and serve as inspirations to their local communities.
MaxPreps aspires to cover every team, every game and every player. We do this in partnership with nearly 40,000 varsity coaches throughout the United States.”
The video of Ben is featured on their homepage, and here is what they said about it:
But the video is picking up the most views on the MaxPreps Facebook page, which states:
Twenty four hours after the video was posted on Facebook, it is showing over 175,000 views (this increases every few minutes), and it has been shared by over 3,200 people ! That is more views than any other video recently posted by MaxPreps.
We have no idea where they got the video. I uploaded it to Facebook, but who knows if it has been posted on any other website?
Here it is. It’s only about 40 seconds in length.
So many people from the U.S. and other countries around the world have seen the video and sent their comments of support and prayers for Ben. We thank you all!