Minnesota Coach’s Policy of Acceptance Rewarded

By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor

Danny Lilya, a sophomore football player at Moose Lake High (Minn.), has been selected the 2017 national recipient of the “National High School Spirit of Sport Award” by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

The “National High School Spirit of Sport Award” was created by the NFHS to recognize those individuals who exemplify the ideals of the spirit of sport that represent the core mission of education-based athletics.

Lilya was born with a broken back, is a paraplegic, and has been confined to a wheelchair his entire life. However, that has not prevented him from participating in the spors he loves.

Last fall, Lilya was the holder on extra points and field goals for the Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels football team.

Lilya clearly benefits from having a forward-thinking football coach in Dave Louzek.

“Part of Rebels football has always been including everybody,” Louzek said.

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