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Dream Season: Time for celebrating

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Somaybetherewasn'tthepompandcircumstanceoftheDreamBowl,whichbringsoutPurdue'smarchingband,theGoldustersandcoverstheentirepracticefieldinsideMollenkopf.
Somaybetheparticipantswerefewer,numberingnearadozenorso,onSunday.
Thiswasthekickoffto"DreamSeason,"thenon-contactfootballcampforindividualswithintellectualdisabilitiesthatculminatesintheDreamBowlinJanuary.
Butthatdidn'tkeepBoilermakersfromcomingoutinthenon-airconditionedfacility,anditcertainlydidn'tstoptheparticipantsfromthrowing,running,knockingdowntacklingdummiesandhavingagreattime.
NeitherwasgoingtomisstheuniqueopportunitythatDreamSeasonpresents.
"Yougettomeettheplayersand,I'mdisabled,soIcan'tparticipateinfull-gofootball,butIlovefootball,"saidJimmyHaffner,whohasbeenaparticipantinsomanyDreamSeasonseventshenowcountsRobHenryasafriendandjustbecameaseason-ticketholderforfootball.
"I'mahugePurduefan,sogettingtobeabletomeettheplayersandbeapartofthefootballexperienceisprettyawesome."
Thesmallerturnoutofferedaspecialblessing.
Players,whoalreadyarebecomingfamiliarwiththeparticipantsthemoretheyattendtheseevents,wereabletomakemorepersonal,lastingconnections.
"Mostofthestations,therewerethreeplayers,twoparticipants,soitwasreallyworkingone-on-onewiththem,"saidseniorfullbackKurtFreytag,theplayerliaisonforPurdue'sDreamSeasonchapter."Itwasalotdifferentthanitusedtobe.Usually,youwanttogeteveryonetogothroughandgettheirchancetogo(ateachstation).But,theywentfourorfivetimes(onSunday)."
ItwastheseventhDreamSeasoneventforoffensivetackleKevinPamphile,whosehasasimpleforhisrepeatedreturntripstohelp.
"Ireallyitenjoyit.It'sreallyfunhavingfunwiththeseguys,"saidPamphile,whowassweatingsomuchaftertheone-hoursessionthathejokeditwasjustanotherworkout."Iknowthemalotbetter.Iknowthembynameandwehaveagoodtimeandhavegoodconversations.It'sniceseeingtheirfacesagain,havingagoodtime."
Therewereplentyofmomentstocherishwiththesmallergroup.
Atnearlyallofthesixstations,playerswerecheeringontheparticipants.Armsshotupandyellswerereleasedwhenapassconnectedintothenetorsankintoabucketorakickwasexecuted.
And,asalways,participantswereencouragedtodisplaytheirbesttouchdowndanceattheendofadrilloraskill.
Oneparticipantfavoredakindofchickendance,armsbentand"flapping,"whichtightendSterlingCarterpromptlyjoinedinon.Anotherstartedswayingandthenaddedrhythmicclapsandacheer,alsoquicklyadoptedbythesurroundingplayers.
Pamphilespecificallymentionedoneparticipant,Andrew,whomtheplayerscalled"Bear,"andsaid,"Hegaveusagoodshow."
Afterthepassing,kickingandrunningwasdone,theparticipantslinedupforautographsandphotos.Someaskedforplayerstoflexforthecamera.Thegoalofthosespecificpics:ToshowtheirmuscleswerebiggerthanthoseoftheBoilermakers,Pamphilesaid.
"There'snothingwrongwiththat,"hesaid,smiling."Ithinkthat'sfun."
ThatwasthethemeSunday,andoneFreytagwashappytosharewithsomanyofhisteammates.Becauseit'sthevoluntaryevent,he'sneversurehowmanywillturnout.ButhewashappywiththegroupwhoshowedupSunday-therewereatleast20players.
"It'sencouraging,"hesaid."It'sawesometosee.ItmeansalottoalltheDreamSeasoncampersforustoshowup.Iknowit'simpactfulforthemandforus."
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