Photo of Allen Norton from WDRB.
Photo of Allen Norton from WDRB.

Allen Norton, 4, will lead the University of Louisville’s Marching Cards during the halftime show at the Clemson game on Saturday. Norton, who was born with a heart defect and has Down syndrome, was chosen for the honor thanks to a partnership between the band and UofL Pediatrics and Norton Children’s Hospital. 

His mom, Mary Beth Norton, told WLKY that Allen has talked about the opportunity “for weeks.”

“The diagnosis doesn’t put a cap on what is possible, and that’s what’s exciting for us,” she also told WDRB. “This is Allen getting to show who he really is.” 

Allen is also predicting a UofL upset over the defending national champions. 

Kickoff is at noon at Cardinal Stadium. 



Alicia Kelso
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