Local Kid Lives Out A Dream At The 2023 ACC Kickoff

CHARLOTTE, NC – “Wow, what an upset!  The fans are rushing the field,” exclaims Noah Fike

Meet twelve year old, Noah Fike, from Fort Mill, who has one goal in mind when he grows up.

“He said he wants to be a sportscaster when he grows up.  He says he is going after my job,” said Bahakel Sports Director, Jeff Taylor.

“He is well on his way, that is for sure.  He has got alot of confidence,” said Clemson Head Coach, Dabo Swinney.

And confidence is something you think he would not have.  You see, Noah has cerebral palsy.

“He had a stroke shortly after birth.  It impacted him from his lower legs down,” said Noah’s mom, Jenny Fike.

But that has not slowed down this twelve year old.  From going to school, to playing on wheelchair basketball team, to living out a dream today meeting Clemson Head Coach, Dabo Swinney and a few players.

“I love it.  I love meeting the athletes and the college football players,” said Noah.

“It was very cool getting to know Noah, knowing this is his favorite team, it is very cool,” said Clemson player, Tyler Davis.

“We were all young kids once and I remember when I was young, players would go out of their way to talk to me.  That was always great for me, so giving back is awesome,” said Clemson player, Will Putnam.

“You can look at Noah and tell he has a great spirit.  I just met his mom.  I am sure every day she wakes up and he gives her purpose and puts a smile on her face.  You can see that from his enthusiasm,” said Coach Swinney.

And Noah’s enthusiasm was felt all through the building as we wrapped up the 2023 ACC Kickoff.