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Disabled veteran in Chattanooga helping kids with special needs overcome adversity

Three years ago, 12-year-old Nash Norris met Veteran Jason Smith at a hero's dinner. The Army Sgt. was being honored after he was severely injured in an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan. The two hit it off instantly and now the best buds are bonding over baseball. (Image: Nash family)

A disabled veteran in Chattanooga is inspiring kids one pitch at a time.

Newschannel 9's Jessica Harthorn surprised the Miracle League's newest coach and learned how his special bond with a player is encouraging all kids to chase their dreams.

Three years ago, 12-year-old Nash Norris met Veteran Jason Smith at a hero's dinner.

The Army Sgt. was being honored after he was severely injured in an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan.

The two hit it off instantly and now the best buds are bonding over baseball.

Running the bases is what Nash Norris loves to do most, but the smile on his face has more to do with the man pitching the ball.

"He's a really nice dude, and he's a really good Army Soldier," said Nash.

Nash invited us to his last game of the season. We soon become another fan in the crowd cheering on the Cardinals.

We waited for the perfect moment to surprise Nash's coach, Jason Smith.

"It means a lot to Nash, because he feels like he's part of, you know a community that accepts him," said Nash's stepmother Stephanie Norris.

Jason lost both of his legs during a mission in Afghanistan in 2012.

Nash was inspired by the Army Sgt.'s sacrifice at a dinner a few years ago. His stepmother says the two have been inseparable ever since.

"They are just two peas in a pod," said Stephanie.

And today, it was Nash's turn to say thank you for their special friendship, his stepmother interrupted the Miracle League game by walking right up to the star pitcher.

"You being disabled and helping disabled children, and of course your sacrifice to our country. We have nominated you. So on behalf of Newschannel 9 and the McMahan Law Firm. We want to present you with $500," surprised Stephanie.

"Geez, that's crazy!" said Jason.

"Hold out your hand Jason. 1, 2, 3, 4, $500," said Stephanie.

After the surprise, it became quite clear one of our nation's heroes is extremely humbled by the opportunity to coach.

"The kids might forget me, but I'll never forget this," said Jason.

It was the perfect end to an amazing season. Nash sealed the deal as the team's last batter, scoring a home run for the team.

The next Miracle League season will kick off on March 17th at Warner Park.

Do you know someone who deserves $500 cash for helping others overcome adversity? Nominate them here.

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