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Trevon has gridiron goals

Trevon has gridiron goals

Seventeen-year-old senior Trevon is a tough competitor on the football field of Deltona High School in Deltona, Florida. Usually his opposing teammates don’t even notice this defensive end is wearing a prosthetic leg. When he was a child, Trevon injured his right leg while riding on a farm tractor, which resulted in an amputation.

Shriners Hospitals help achieve sports dreams

Trevon became a patient of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa when he was 6 years old. The highly skilled members of the hospital’s Pediatric Prosthetic and Orthotic Services (POPS) team, fabricated Trevon’s first prosthetic leg and since then there has been no stopping him.

Trevon’s prosthetist, Bryan Sinnott, said “As Trevon got more athletic, we had to keep up with him and match the componentry of his prosthesis with his athletic abilities.”

Recently, Trevon was featured on the regional sports network Spectrum Sports. His parents shared the news with the Tampa Shriners Hospital, along with their gratitude for the care that helped make it possible for Trevon to participate in sports and life on his terms.

“The love, dedication and professionalism in your department and hospital is outstandingly amazing,” Trevon’s family said to the members of the Tampa Shriners Hospital POPS team. “We have been so blessed and are grateful he was referred to you all almost 11 years ago. This young man has never given up or complained and you have given him a gift that allows him to continue playing in the game he loves most. We are forever grateful!”

Attending the East-West Shrine Game

Trevon also was invited to attend and meet the players of the East-West Shrine Game on January 20, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. He rode on the bus with the East team to Tropicana Field on game day, ate lunch with the players and talked about life, and even watched the game from the field.

“It felt great to be on the sidelines because to me, next year I’ll be in college so I’ll know what it’s going to be like,” Trevon said. Trevon was thankful for the opportunity to experience the East-West Shrine Game up close and also for Shriners Hospitals for Children as a whole. “When I first got to the Tampa Shriners Hospital, I was a little nervous because I didn’t know what was going to happen, but over the years it got better. The people were good to me so it felt like I was taken care of by the right people, so it was great.

Trevon credits the health care system for his being able to still play the game he loves. “Shriners Hospitals for Children definitely helped me because without them, I wouldn’t be able to have the prosthetic leg I have to go back and play,” he said. “And the fact that my leg is always improving with better technology also helps.”

To watch Trevon in action with his high school football team and see why he is an inspiration to his team and coaches, please visit YouTube to view a video, courtesy of Spectrum Sports.