Watch: Dutch Fork Wrestling Raising Funds for Teammate Who Lost Home

Irmo, S.C. (WOLO) — Sports and superheroes are two of Ameer Williams favorite things.

The Dutch Fork High School wrestler was diagnosed with autism in 2008.

Ameer’s mother, Tranee Williams-Dinkins says, “From age one, I knew something was not right.”

But Ameer’s mother, Tranee Williams Dinkins, says that’s never stopped him from dreaming big.

Those who know Ameer says sports have played a large role in developing his confidence. He began as a basketball player with the Special Olympic’s Carolina Courage team. In recent years he’s joined the Dutch Fork Wrestling team and his plans don’t stop there.

Tranee tells ABC Columbia, “Ameer wants to learn how to drive and he wants to go to college, those are his dreams.”

According to Tranee, overcoming obstacles has been a constant in Ameer’s life. But a week ago the entire family was presented with a different type of challenge.

She says, “My neighbors called and told me, your house is engulfed in flames.”

The fire destroyed the family’s home and rocked Ameer’s schedule driven life. One thing that his mother says remains unshaken is the support of his wrestling team.

“He needs them, they’re his lifeline,” says his mother.

Since joining the team two years ago Ameer has become an integral part of the group and given something back to the teammates he cherishes.

“He’s always there with a smile no matter how well or how bad we did. He just brings a really positive atmosphere to the team,” says one teammate.

Now, the wrestlers are raising money to replace belonging’s and rebuild Ameer’s home.

“We are teammates and we are a family and to prove to each other that we’ll be there through everything,” says another Dutch Fork Wrestler.

To help Ameer and his family donate on their GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/DinkinsWilliams

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