Dylon Galloway receives Manila letterman jacket

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Monday was another special day in the life of Dylon Galloway's senior year as he received a Manila Lion letterman's jacket, compliments of Southern Bancorp.

Danny Robbins, president of Southern Bancorp of Manila, presents Dylon Galloway with a letterman's jacket. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Danny Robbins, president of Manila Southern Bancorp, was on hand to present the jacket to Dylon.

Dylon will wear his jacket with pride as he enjoyed being part of the Manila football team. He has cerebral palsy and served as the waterboy for the Lions football team during home games. He was encouraging to his team. The letterman's jacket features Dylon's jersey number 55.

"I am proud to work for a company who believes in putting back in the communities we serve," Robbins said. "Part of our mission statement is building communities and changing lives. I received a call from Jerry Sims, chairman of the board, asking about purchasing a letterman's jacket for Dylon and we were happy to do it."

Dylon became quite well known after making a touchdown for his team.

Throughout the season Dylon talked to Coach Toby Doke about getting in the game and making a touchdown. During the Rivercrest/Manila game on the Lion's field Coach Doke had arranged with Rivercrest coach for Dylon to get in the game and take the football and make a touchdown in his electric wheelchair.

No one could have imagined his touchdown would take him all the way to Dallas, Texas, in his new van.

Kait8.com nominated his touchdown for the Play of Week showing a video of the touchdown allowing fans to vote for Dylon. It was picked up by thousands. Dylon was named Player of the Week and radio crews from 103.9 The Game, Tim O. Brown of Brown's Graduation, and others came to Manila honoring Dylon with a special day.

When it was discovered Dylon was a Dallas Cowboy fan, he was presented four field passes to the Dallas Cowboy/Washington Redskin game.

Funds were also raised to help with a specially equipped van for Dylon. Family Inc. provided the van and the funds raised helped equip it to meet Dylon's special needs.

Dylon said Jackie Hill and Dan Gamble volunteered to drive him and his mother, Liz Perkins, to the Dallas for the Cowboy/Redskin game.

"It was a great game," Dylon said. "The Cowboys won 33-30."

He said among the players he met were Jason Whitten and Demarcus Ware. While he was at the hotel a gentleman came up to him and told Dylon he looked familiar. He asked Dylon if he was the one he saw on television making a touchdown.

Dylon will have a lot of good memories of his senior year and will be wearing his #55 jersey and letterman jacket for years to come.

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