SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF) Being born prematurely creates challenges from the get go.
One local student was able to overcome those challenges, despite complications that slowed down his ability to learn in the classroom.
"I'm a Socastee High School football player," said Matthew Mainville, who is a senior at the school.
Mainville is a defensive tackle and has received numerous awards for his dedication to the sport and team.
"I got all region and I got most dedicated, and I got a game ball for going against Conway," Mainville said.
His recognitions and awards don't stop there. He has picked up a couple of perfect attendance awards in the past.
"I only did it for two years, that was my freshman and junior years. I'm planning on having perfect attendance this year as well," Mainville said.
When Matt leaves for college, he plans to study Special Education at UNC Pembroke.
"That's what I always wanted to do is help people with their problems and I used to also be a special education kid and was actually picked on when I was younger," Mainville said.
Matt said his past is now fueling his efforts to change the lives of special education kids at Socastee Elementary School.
"They should think that nothing is nothing is wrong with them, they are still normal people as well," he said. "People are people, everyone is the same."