ELDRIDGE, Iowa (KWQC) - Noah Schlicksup's passion for sportscasting has helped the 12-year-old from Eldridge overcome some of the toughest times of his life. Noah has wanted to be a sportscaster since he was a little boy. He suffers from Tourette Syndrome, and was teased at school.
"I had this one time in class when I started ticking a lot and it was the squeaks so those happen like once or twice a day, and I just started doing that really loud" said Noah.
The teasing caused Noah's mental health to suffer.
"Kids came up to me and they called me some names, but I've heard that before. The worst part was feeling like a bit of an outcast and having people sort of looking at you like you're an alien".
Noah's parents pulled him out of school to begin homeschooling him. Soon after, Noah decided to follow his dream of broadcasting by live streaming video of the North Scott basketball games while providing play by play on his YouTube Channel. Noah's broadcasting is going viral while receiving rave reviews.
"Having people support you and that kind of stuff, that's really been the best feeling in the world, and it's really gotten me back up."
Noah's favorite sportscaster is Chicago Cubs television play by play announcer Len Kasper who invited Noah to a game at Wrigley Field this summer after seeing his story and tweeting this:
This is awesome https://t.co/nC0bZUTpvn— Len Kasper (@LenKasper) January 27, 2020
Noah responded to Len with this tweet.
Several Minor League Baseball teams have invited Noah to join them on the radio for a broadcast including the Quad Cities River Bandits, the Clinton Lumberkings, the Burlington Bees, and the Iowa Cubs.
Watch Noah's inspiring story in the video player.