The Coosa Eagles Junior Pee Wee football team made Jaxon Lewis their honorary team captain Monday night. The 9-year-old was born with a rare birth defect affecting his limbs.

Jaxon got his own uniform before the game at Riverview Park and got the game ball after the game.

Perhaps more importantly, the team is making plans to help raise $70,000 to finance new prosthetics for the youngster born with proximal femoral focal deficiency — a condition that left him with a shortened right leg, a shortened right arm and no left leg.

Jaxon has reached a point where he has simply outgrown his previous prosthetic leg.

“I’ve known him for a while. His family lives in my neighborhood,” coach Paden Brownlow said. “They come over and play with my kids. Jaxon is just a great kid. He’s never wanted anything. He just wants to be looked at as normal, and that’s what he is.”

Jaxon, who was speechless after getting his own jersey, led the team through a banner that read Trax for Jax to take the field. He then scooted to midfield with his fellow captains for the ceremonial toss of the coin.

Up until March, prosthetics for the youngster had been paid for through Social Security Insurance. His eligibility was severed when the government determined that his stepfather’s income was higher than allowed for the benefits.

The lack of limbs hasn’t slowed Jaxon, who was scooting around the field and tossing footballs with friends prior to the game. At home, he uses a skateboard to zip around, making good use of hardwood floors.

Once the game started, Jaxon took his place on the sideline to serve as one of Brownlow’s assistants.

The family has a Face­book page, Trax for Jax, and an account with the same name has been set up at the Wells Fargo Bank to allow people to make contributions.

By the way, Jaxon’s Eagles defeated the Wildcats 12-6 Monday night to remain unbeaten on the season.


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