UCF football team surprises boy at adoption hearing


ORLANDO, Florida. – It was an emotional day for Sierra McClintock of Osceola County as she officially became a mom to a 10-year-old boy.

McClintock waited nearly two years. In front of his family, friends and teachers all wearing their favorite jerseys, Dylan lit up with joy after the judge signed his endorsement.

“I was super proud that he wanted to have us there for such a big day of his life,” UCF Knights football team quarterback Mikey Keene said.

A few days before the adoption hearing in Orange County, Dylan sent the UCF football team a message asking them to attend the hearing.

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Players in attendance included Mikey Keene, quarterback for the UCF Knights football team and wide receiver, Ryan O’Keefe.

“I had a connection with this worthy cause for myself, I was adopted at a week old, so it really hit me, just watching the process firsthand felt like a real moment for me. and I’m really excited for Dylan,” O’Keefe said.

McClintock is an Osceola County Public School teacher and St. Cloud native. The new mum said it was a rollercoaster of emotions between dates, visits and lots of paperwork during the process of becoming Dylan’s parent.

“His case has been about going in every direction and every first that could come,” she said.

In 2018, McClintock met Dylan when she became his adoptive mother.

“I started fostering with no intention of adopting,” she said.

But life had a different plan. She said they clicked quickly and in 2020 she started the process to be his mother.

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“We love going to the beach, we love going to Disney, Epcot, Aquatica,” she said. “We just have a good bond. We have a good time together, we really like to do a lot of rides.

McClintock said there was a special bond with Dylan.

“He was one of those – just we know he wasn’t supposed to leave,” she said.

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