Neile's Hometown Heroes: Jordan Robertson, Tahlequah's favorite coach

    Jordan Robertson today.

    This week Neile Jones takes us to Tahlequah, Okla. to meet Hometown Hero Jordan Robertson.

    Coach Jordan says, "We do a lot of different sports. We are learning badminton, soccer, football, basketball."

    He is focused on the students and life lessons.

    "They also have to be nice to each," says Jordan.

    He comes to school every day and works toward their goals and his own. You see, not so long ago Jordan's parents feared moments like these would never happen.

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    His dad, Mark Robertson, explains: "As hard as it was to take when he was less than 24 hours old, it was the truth -- a short life expectancy. He'd have learning disabilities, that in school we would have to hold him back around the third grade. And then the list just went on and on from that point."

    His mom, Kelly, says, "Immediately after his birth, the doctors told us he had Microcephaly, which we all know now is what’s going on with the Zika virus."

    When Jordan was born the family lived in Florida. The area had an early intervention program that helped him with basic things like speech and walking. But the Robertsons say it wasn't until they moved to Oklahoma that things began to really improve.

    "Moving to Tahlequah has been a blessing because everyone here has just welcomed him and helped him grow and they gave him a place to belong," says Kelly.

    His dad says that became especially true as time went on.

    "In his senior year, we were trying to figure out what we were going to be able to do with Jordan and what he was going to be able to do when he graduated," says Mark.

    But Jordan's teachers had already developed a plan and soon he began working at Cherokee Elementary with Coach Trey Blunt.

    "When he first came he was really shy and you know really nervous to talk to the kids. Now he's just like me. He sees something, something gets done or a kid gets told something. He takes care of business and it's pretty neat," says Coach Blunt.

    And Jordan agrees, “They get a friend. Not just a friend, but a coach."

    Principal Marissa McCoy says it's nothing special: “He's just one of us."

    This is just what happens in a town that takes care of its own, but for the Robertsons it’s much more. While fighting back tears his mom Kelly sums it up.

    "It's a miracle. It honestly is a miracle," she says.

    Their son is doing a job he loves, in a place that loves him right back. I guess you might say not only is Jordan a Hometown Hero, but so are the people around him in Tahlequah.

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