CLINTON, Conn. (WTNH)–Kenyin Douglas might be speechless, but he’s the reason his little sister wanted to play football.
“Wow my little sister’s playing football, I don’t know what to say about this,” he said.
“When I was younger, I used to cheerlead, but when I was on the sidelines, I would pick up a lot of things, and watching him score touchdowns and get pick-sixes, that was a lot of fun.”
Sadie is a sophomore, Kenyin a junior. And he’s been leading the way ever since they were young.
Kenyin has always been her protector, especially when Sadie was in seventh grade and Kenyin was in eighth. That’s when their parents got divorced.
“It was pretty tough because I was pretty close with my dad. I look like him and I act like him,” Sadie said. “It was really hard for me when they first got divorced.”
Kenyin was right there to pick his sister up.
“I’ll do anything for her basically. It’s just the love for her that I have,” Kenyin said.
The feeling is mutual. So when Sadie started the school year playing football and Kenyin opted not to because he didn’t think he’d get the playing time, Sadie stepped in.
“One day after school I forced him to stay after and I said, if you hate it, then don’t come back, but at least try it, because it’s always good to try things,” she said.
It worked out. Kenyin started his first game last week in our Game of the Week against North Branford.
Sadie plays JV, and Kenyin says he’s happy she’s playing but still, he’s her guardian.
“I’m just always thinking like, don’t get hurt,” he said.