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Little Boy Might Be The Sweetest Marching Band Director Ever

Embraced by his hometown university, cameras were rolling when this 4-year old with Down Syndrome took the podium!


Allen Norton is something special.

It's special that he's even here. Born with Down Syndrome, at nine months he needed surgery to correct holes in his heart. Now, at age 4, he's the light of the lives of all who know him, with boundless energy and a smile that just won't quit.

Who could resist that smile!

So it's no surprise that Allen has a special spot in the hearts of the folks at the University of Louisville , where his mother, Mary Beth was the Director of Basketball Operations. Allen is a fan of all things Cardinals (the school's mascot), including the marching band, which recently partnered with University of Louisville Pediatrics and Norton Children's Hospital to grant Allen's dream of directing the band during halftime at the football game against Clemson. Watch:

This isn't the first time Allen's been in the spotlight at a University of Louisville football game. Last year he got to be an honorary captain at a game.

Mary Beth Norton says her son continues to defy whatever odds he might have been born with. "The possibilities are limitless for these kids," his mom told WAVE-TV . "And for him to do something like this it's something he's going to remember for the rest of his life and so are we as his parents."

Congratulations to Allen and his parents, and kudos to the University of Louisville and their marching band for giving this little boy a once-in-a-lifetime thrill!

(Videos & Images: Mary Beth Whitaker Norton Facebook page , Louisville Cardinals Facebook page )

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