The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


A kick of precision

Throughout his life, Anthony Starego, a member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Brick, N.J., has relied on routine. So when he kicked the winning field goal for his football team in October, "it was no surprise that he took three measured steps back, then one to the side. He paused and leaned his upper body back, staring at the spot where the football would be placed," reported the New Jersey Star-Ledger. His parents call Anthony's reliance on routine perhaps the most glaring symptom of his autism. It was the senior's obsession with detail that enabled him to become a hero when he booted the ball between the goal posts with 21 seconds left, enabling Brick High School to defeat the heavy favorite Toms River North, 24-21.


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