🏈 Authentic, driven, and determined Northern York senior, Keith, doesn’t let cerebral palsy stand in the way of his dreams and aspirations! He is kind, dedicated, down-to-earth and living his best life. He is involved on high school football team as a coach. With CP affecting his right side, he plays a left-handed instrument, the French horn, in the concert band. He also enjoys the outdoors.
Why Rhinehart Photography?
Keith smiles, “I chose Lisa as my photographer because I liked her creativity in using the environment around us. I knew she could capture my interests in a unique way.She made me feel comfortable and I actually enjoyed having my pictures taken.”
Why the French Horn?
Keith shares, “I chose to play the French Horn because it’s the only truly left-handed instrument. Since my Cerebral Palsyaffects the right side of my body, it is hard for me to use my right hand for fine motor skills. When playing the French Horn, I can use my right hand to hold onto it and play the keys with my left hand. I have been playing since 4th grade, this was the first year students could sign up to play an instrument. For many years, I took music lessons to help improve my ability to read music.”
Cerebral Palsy & Epilepsy: A Challenging Journey
Keith’s mom shares, “Keith has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and developmental delays. School has not come easy to him, and has often been a very big struggle, but he has pushed through. I want his pictures to be a reflection of his (often) difficult journey.”
She adds, “Keith is a very determined person who has pursued interests without letting physical limitations slow him down. He has adapted his life to fit him. He is very polite, and positive, and makes the best out of any situation.”
Why the Stadium & Kings Gap?
Keith says, “I wanted to have pictures taken at the football stadium where I help coach and have had a lot of good memories over the past two years.I also wanted to have pictures taken with my French Horn, since I have been playing it since I was in 4th grade.King’s Gap is very scenic and my French Horn fit in nicely with the fall colors.”
Why Coach Football?
Keith says, “I have been coaching since 11th grade, and I wish I would have gotten into it sooner. I’ve made great friendships and have learned all the hard work and dedication it takes to develop a winning team.”
Dreams and Aspirations
Keith continues, “I would like to continue coaching at Northern in the future and have been welcomed back after graduation. I have learned so much from my fellow coaches, and they have taken the time to help me succeed with my own plays and ideas.”
Drive and Determination
Determination and drive are something this Northern York senior definitely has. At this point in the shoot, I told him to stare me down like I was the coach on the other team!
It was such a pleasure for me to photograph Keith’s football coaching dreams coming true. Excited to see what the future holds for this kind, honest, down-to-earth Northern York senior!