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High School Football Team Celebrates Fairytale Season at Walt Disney World Resort After Receiving Gift of the Magical Vacation Live on “Good Morning America”

Raquel Giorgio

by , Public Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Benton Harbor High School in Benton Harbor, Mich., hadn’t had a winning football season since 1989. That all changed when retired college football coach Elliot Uzelac entered the picture and helped the team snap their 25-year losing streak, ultimately taking them all the way to the district playoffs. Not only did 74-year-old Coach “U” turn around this underdog team, but he touched the lives of these students that come from an extremely under-privileged district. He became a father figure to these young men… many of whom come from single-parent homes. He helped them realize their own potential both on and off the field.

To honor the man that changed their lives, the football players, with help from their school, thanked Coach “U” with a surprise pep rally carried live on ”Good Morning America”. The players got a surprise of their own at the rally when all 35 young men were given a surprise vacation to Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

This past weekend, their magical journey became a reality when the students, beloved Coach U and chaperones celebrated their success and created once-in-a-lifetime memories at Walt Disney World. The vacation proved to be unforgettable for Coach “U” and his winning team!


  • What a great story!!! Hope they all had a fabulous time!!!

  • Congrats to all!!!! Great seeing the joy in all their faces.

  • Fantastic story! So much fun. Thank you.

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