Rudder's Kindt to represent Texas at Down Under Sports in Australia

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -- Rudder High School shot putter and discus thrower Kevin Kindt is about to take a trip of a lifetime next month. Kevin has been invited by Down Under Sports to compete in it's track and field competition representing the state of Texas during the second week of July.

Kindt got involved in track and field so he wouldn't have to participate in off season football at Stephen F. Austin Middle School as a 7th grader. That decision has proven pretty vaulable. He's coming off a 4th place finish at the UIL High School State Track Meet after a throw of 53 feet 8 1/2 inches. His success throwing the shot and discus has him heading to Australia in July to complete with other high school throwers across the world.

A year ago Kindt was invited to compete in Australia, but things didn't work out. He got another invitation this year and his mom Renee saw it as a sign to allow Kevin to go.

"Kevin is going on his own. I mean are you a little concerned," ask KBTX Sports Director Darryl Bruffett recently.

"A little yes, whowever when he got the letter this year I told him if it was in God's will then everything would work out so that's kinda where we are leaving it," replied his mom Renee.

It's a pretty big leap of faith considering Kevin was identified with autism at a very early age. He's learned how to cope with it and made great strides. Now while most would look at it the Down Under Sports experience as just a way to improve athletically, Kevin sees it as that and more. A chance to prove how he can handle things away from home. Nearly 9000 miles away.

"It's to help me more or less grown up and try to become a little bit more independent," explained Kevin.

Kevin Kindt has raised the majority of the money he needs for his trip, but has a go fund me page set up if you feel lead to help me out with his trip to Queensland, Australia.

To access Kevin's Go Fund Me page by clicking on the link to the right of this story, or email his mom Renee at kindtrenee@yahoo.com.