This story is a reminder that there are still some amazing people out there that’ll do anything to cheer up a kid’s day.
Only one person RSVP'd to a birthday party for a boy with autism, so a high school football team showed up to celebrate with him.
— CNN (@CNN) July 26, 2019
Source: A high school football team from Idaho surprised a young boy who has autism at his birthday party when many of his friends did not RSVP.
“He has worked so hard to learn names this year, and I could tell he was proud as he talked to them,” Lindsay wrote on Facebook on May 31. “He asked a couple for high fives. One girl responded to him and said ok, and smiled. The rest were boys. Three didn’t respond to him at all. One just said, ‘No.’ “
Ben-David reached out to family friend Dan Holtry, the football coach at Nampa High School, and asked if he could help.
“The players jumped at the opportunity,” Holtry told CNN. “They were ready and willing to celebrate with Christian. Within seconds of a sent text they were 100 percent in. No hesitation whatsoever.”
On June 4, the eight of the players showed up to Christian’s party in their jerseys and chanted his name — completely surprising him on his big day.
“I know that Christian felt amazed and blessed by the turnout,” Lindsay told CNN. “He talked about it for days. One of the best things about his personality, is that he is always looking for the positive. He didn’t question why the players were there, he just loved it. He has said multiple times that it was the best birthday ever!”
I mean at the end of the day it’s horrible that his classmates didn’t even come but this football team did the right thing and came and made the kid’s day. At the end of the day hopefully his classmates and their parents learn something from this. And a quick look at this high school team.. they are pretty good and hopefully they win the whole damn thing in Idaho!