Vikings "Sack Muscle Disease" for 3rd Consecutive Season
ST. ELIZABETH HIGH SCHOOL DEDICATES OPENING WIN TO MUSCLE CHAMPION MAX FRENCH
WILMINGTON, DE - Winning on and off the field has become a tradition at St. Elizabeth High School, a catholic school located in the urban streets of Wilmington, DE. This season marks the third consecutive season the Vikings are putting on their uniforms for a greater purpose than a simple win for their record books. Every fall, the Vikings welcome a local Muscle Champion - an individual living and refusing to lose to neuromuscular disease - as their honorary captain. The student-athletes dedicate their performance on the playing field to enhance their Muscle Champion's quality of life. One of the Viking athletes, starting quarterback Casey Rock, is excited to lead the team as a senior. Casey was named the 2016 Muscle Movement Foundation Delaware Player of the Year for his commendable involvement with the Muscle Movement Fnd. last season.
Headed by Coach Joe Wright, Rock and the Vikings Football Team are excited to welcome Muscle Champion, Max French, to their team. Max is living and refusing to lose to RYR1 Myopathy, a form of muscle disease that causes exercise intolerance, heat intolerance, progressive muscle weakness, hip contractures, and mile to severe lung problems. Despite enduring the symptoms associated with RYR1 Myopathy, Max enjoys going to summer camp, collecting Pokemon cards, and laughing at jokes! Max served as the Viking's honorary captain and Muscle Champion last season and is excited to bring awareness to the life-threatening diseases that impact his fellow Muscle Champions and their families.
On Saturday, September 9th, 2017, Max joined the Vikings for their season opener against Mount Pleasant High School. Max and the St. Elizabeth captains proudly marched to the center of the field for the coin toss. This moment highlighted the significant progress Max has made since last season. Last football season, Max endured fatigue and weakness after several minutes of walking. When his fatigue was exacerbated, he transferred to a wheelchair to maintain mobility and autonomy. Due to a new medication Max has been prescribed, and occupational therapy, Max can now jog for several minutes. He walked to the center of the field, climbed the hill near the train tracks of Baynard Stadium, and walked back and forth to the concession stand!
The Vikings put on a special performance while Max and family watched their team's victory unravel and help manage the Muscle Movement Foundation's awareness booth. The Vikings successfully earned a win, defeating Mount Pleasant 17-13, and dedicated their first win of the season to Max! Coach Joe Wright and team plan to continue to use Max's inspiration in the classroom, in practice, and on the playing field many more times this season! They look forward to holding several team fundraisers and participating at the Muscle Movement Foundation's Run for Strength 5k on Saturday, April 7th, 2018!
Max French, or a fellow Muscle Champion, and the Muscle Movement Foundation will be in attendance at each St. Elizabeth High School home game this season. To view the Viking's full game schedule, visit the following link: https://www.vikings-sports.com/page7757