North Prov. teen starts nationwide “Varsity Mike” movement

By: Rebecca Turco

Email: rturco@abc6.com

NORTH PROVIDENCE – A North Providence teen is behind a nationwide movement to help out a special needs athlete at a Kansas high school.

Christian Sermos,16, recently started a Facebook page called “Varsity Mike” (click here), encouraging folks to send varsity letters to Mike Kelley, who has down syndrome.

Sermos got the ball rolling after hearing claims in the news a few weeks ago, that a school employee had told Kelley to remove the Letterman’s jacket that his mom gave him.

So, Sermos was able to get a hold of Kelley’s mother and asked if she would be willing to give an address that folks interested could send varsity letters to.

Sermos feels all specials needs athletes should be able to earn varsity letters and was sad to find out that not every school allows this. “It didn’t sit right with me because on our football team we have a special needs kid and he plays just like everybody else,” he explained.

He said the response to the page has been overwhelming. After a few days, “Varsity Mike” had more than 3,000 likes, and it’s now up to nearly 4,000 as of this article. And Kelley has been receiving dozens upon dozens of varsity letters, jackets, messages of hope and other memorabilia.

“It’s not just for raising awareness for one kid – it was for everyone, for all kids to know that they’re not alone,” Sermos told ABC6 News.

Folks interested in helping the cause can send varsity letters to:

For the Love of Chance Center.

P.O. Box 624

Andover, KS 67002.

Att: Mike

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