A very long time ago, Decades, I lived at a Town just like that. I was the "Runt of the Litter", and usually sickly, thankfully my Mother was a Nurse. Football and Cars was everything, Academics what's that was the attitude. I found "Sports" ridiculous as Historically previously used to determine the best Warriors, as absolutely nothing to do with what the purpose of School is.
As a U.S. Military Dependent I ended up going to School at many different U.S. States and Overseas, because of the different levels and standards at each School I ended up sometimes like Young Sheldon, and was put forward into the next Grade, when I returned to the other State I ended up being put back one Grade, making me feel like Georgie (Sheldon's Brother).
Like Young Sheldon my interest was Science instead of going outside to play (because I was usually sickly). Unlike Sheldon, age 15 Puberty, I was extremely early age 10 which caused a problem in Gym Class, suddenly I stopped being so sickly. I started to go outside more often to play with the neighborhood children.
Like Sheldon's Family being dysfunctional, mine was similar, I started to mow lawns around the U.S. Military Base's Housing Areas to buy a 10 speed bicycle so I could mow more lawns further and further from home for $5.00 even though the lawns were huge greater than 40 feet across the front. I joined Boy Scouts, as previously I was a Cub Scout, and Webelos as insisted on by my Mother, because I was previously sickly and anti social, so I can relate to Young Sheldon. The Boy Scouts instead of ridiculing my interests in Science, Space, Space Flight, Aviation, Model Rocketry, Electronics, rewarded me with earned Merit Badges. while toughing me up with Camp Outs, Hikes, 50 Milers (Hiking, Canoe), Survival Training, Drown Proofing.