Montana 'Griz Kid' Goes to Knoxville Game
Thanks to Griz Kidz, Nick Zorotovich's baptism into Griz Nation will be a dunking that most kids - heck, most college football players - will never get in their lives.
The daily routine for Nick Zorotovich begins with 29 pills. Every day he swallows them, his main defense against the cruel neurological wiring that first made him depressed, then bipolar, then schizophrenic - all before the age that most children have even heard of such disorders.
Nick Zorotovich is 15. "We take it day by day," said Kerri Stewart, Nick's mom. "Even hour by hour."And game by game. Because just like any other teenager in western Montana, Nick is a big fan of the Montana Grizzlies football team. He cheers them on from his Polson home, his mother Kerri and stepfather Marty Stewart cheering them on by his side whenever the Griz play on TV. Never, though, at a live game. Until Saturday. Thanks to Griz Kids, Nick's baptism into Griz Nation will be a dunking that most kids - heck, most college football players - will never, ever get in their lives.
Nick has gone to a party with 102,000 other people in Knoxville, Tenn., where he will watch the Griz take on the Volunteers in one of the nation's largest football stadiums. He and his parents flew out with the team on a chartered jet Friday morning from Missoula.