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Lawson joined Miracle League of Joliet the year it began. Miracle of League of Joliet provides opportunities for children of all ages to play baseball, regardless of their disabilities, its website said.
He's played football, participated in Special Olympics and played wheelchair basketball, she said.
"When he went into Troy, he could drive and dribble at the same time," Marlene said.
Lawson is now a coach for the Special Olympics basketball team at Troy, he said. Basketball is his favorite sport.
"It's such a fast-paced and interesting game to watch," Lawson said. "But there's perks to every sport."
Lawson said he's also the assistant coach for varsity basketball, baseball and football at Joliet West.
"When I first got involved in sports, I went out to the coaches and told them I was interested in it and wanted to be a part of it," he said.