Paralyzed Lakeville South senior returns to football field as king

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LAKEVILLE, Minn. - On homecoming night at Lakeville South High School Friday, one of the town's favorite sons came home.
"(It) just feels good to be back," said Dillon Borowicz.

The Lakeville senior should be out playing with his teammates, instead he watched from the sidelines.

"It means the world for Dillon to be out here, you know. He wishes he could be on the field," said his dad, Scott Borowicz.

It was in July when Dillon dove in the family pool, hitting the bottom head first. The accident left the 18-year-old paralyzed from the chest down.

"You can't stay down all the time or you're not going to get anywhere. So you just got to keep going one step at a time and keep going forward," said Dillon.

It's that attitude that has brought him to this moment; he officially accepted his crown as the homecoming king.

"I feel honored, so honored. It's great to know they are all behind me and they think of me that much," he said.

The student body overwhelmingly voted for him Monday during the coronation ceremony, but since Dillon was getting his halo removed his younger brother stood in for him.

"And Matthew, a 7th grader stood in with a beautiful 12th grade gal as her date temporarily for coronation," said Activities Director Neil Strader with a smile.

"Once you came out there and once you heard all the people cheering for him, you knew that everyone loved him and they all voted for him," added Dillon's younger brother, Matt.

It's that love that keeps Dillon going, keeps him pushing. He says he will go home at the end of the month and start school the beginning of next year with the goal of graduating with his classmates in the spring.

Those same classmates made sure he heard them cheering for him Friday every chance they got, showing how much his homecoming meant to theirs.

"Every day just keeps getting better and better," said Dillon.
The team and fans also sold tickets at Friday's game to a benefit Sunday October 14.

It will be at Red Fox Restaurant where Dillon worked. All the money raised will go towards helping Dillon adjust to his new life.

For $20, people will hear live bands from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and also get a free drink and meal.

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