Talon Rash: Special Needs Senior Becomes Essential Part Of Claremore Sports
CLAREMORE, Oklahoma - Talon Rash has loved sports since the beginning. If you ask him which sport is his favorite, he'll more than likely say, “I don't have a favorite one, I love them all. I love every part of them all.”
Rash is a special needs senior at Claremore High School, who spends a lot of his time serving as manager for his school's sports teams, including: football, basketball, and baseball.
“He is a wonderful kid, who has been a manager for our sports teams since his 9th grade year. He has even been a pinch runner for us in a couple of baseball games, and he also got to attempt an extra point during one of our football games,” said Claremore High School's athletic director Brent Payne.
His love for sports started at an early age. When he was younger he played tee-ball and tried soccer. “It's always been there (his love for sports). He just loves being in that atmosphere, the boys, coaches, trainers. He gets pumped. He just loves it,” said Talon's mother LeAnn Pell.
Rash is described as being a person who loves everyone, loves life, and has a big heart. His kind soul has allowed him to build many relationships at school and within the community. “If someone [who is around him] doesn't know him, they will before they leave,” stated his mother.
Rash has a twin brother and two step-sisters, and when he's not busy with sports he's spending time with his family, playing Xbox, listening to music (Christian music is his favorite), or helping out within his church youth group.
The sports lover also volunteers with Food 4 Kids, and is involved with student council and the National Honor Society. Also, he is a FUZE leader and attends the rotary leadership camp.
He was voted most school spirited in his senior class and was presented the Zebra spirit award by the football team. “His Zebra spirit is unbelievable, as well as his knowledge of the sports he helps with,” said Payne.
The opportunities that Talon has been able to pursue through Claremore's school system means so much to his family. “As a mom of a special needs child, there are no words when a community and a school take him in and wrap their arms around him, and took him in and loved him. As a parent, that's all you can ask for,” said Pell in an emotional tone. “He doesn't think he's different from any other kid, because Claremore hasn't made him feel that way.”
"School made him who he is," said his mother.
After graduation, the school's impact on Rash, and Rash's impact on the school, will live on.