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February 16, 2014

Boys of Summer: Two stories that deserve to be told


Making progress

Brooks is making progress, but maybe not as fast as he would like, his mom said. “He isn’t able to out-run his sisters, and that frustrates him,” Kari said.

Prior to his surgeries, he tried playing soccer, but that was difficult, even standing in goal as the goaltender was a burden for the young, future collegiate signee.

“He could only speed walk,” Kari said.

Now, the kid who, according to mom, “loved sports ever since he could crawl,” is getting his step back.

He may not set any track records, but that bounce in his step, and in his personality, is unmistakable. It has lifted not just his spirits, but the spirits of those who have come in contact with him. It’s not likely he knows his presence has made a difference in so many lives.

“All of this has been an incredible honor,” Kari said. “Being paired with Lipscomb is a huge blessing.

“He has grown by leaps and bounds since the beginning of this journey. We are very proud of him.”

Ruthenberg is sports editor at the News & Eagle. Contact him at

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