Wednesday, September 07, 2016

A College Athlete's Act of Kindness

Last week some Florida State football teammates were visiting Montford Middle School in Tallahassee, Florida. One of them, Travis Rudolph, a wide receiver of the Seminoles, decided to break for lunch and when he noticed a young boy sitting alone he asked if he could join him.

This simple gesture could have gone unnoticed except that someone took a picture of them and sent it to the boy's mother Leah Paske. She was overjoyed and posted the picture on the Web. Junior High can be a scarey place for many students but is even more so when that person is “different” than his peers … and her son Bo would fit that description because he is autistic.

This story really touched my heart because my granddaughter Faye has Asperger's Syndrome, which is a type of autism, and she will be going into Junior High this week. She is such a loving and sweet girl but she is not your typical young teen and her folks and I pray that she will be accepted for who she is.

When Rudolph was interviewed he said he saw that Bo was alone so he asked if he could sit with him and he said “Sure”. That was the beginning of a lively conversation with Bo heading it off and telling him how much he loves the Seminoles….and, guess what? The next day Bo was surrounded by class mates at lunchtime.


Blogger Marie Smith said...

That story resonated here as well. So many children are left out by others. I hope Faye has a great experience in high school.

5:33 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

That's nice. I have seen the photo on FB but hadn't gotten around to reading up on it.

6:14 PM  
Blogger kenju said...

Great story. Too bad a celebrity had to show those kids how to act.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

I saw the video of his next day and he truly was surrounded--a lot of girls in the mix. Sweet, sweet story--the kind we all need to hear these days.

12:29 PM  
Blogger troutbirder said...

A special story indeed....:)

4:14 PM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

It would be nice if the boys classmates were as kind, but perhaps they just needed to see an example.

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its difficult to be different. Good for the youngster who noticed the other boy.

I was always different as was my younger sister who is epileptic. I spoke with her yesterday and she is still, at age 70, at risk of seizures she says. Lately, getting her meds has been scary as she lives in Baton Rouge. Fortunately, many folks are somewhat kinder these days in many ways and the pharmacy located some pills. That's progress.

7:16 AM  
Blogger possum said...

I have seen this on TV a couple of times... glad when they put nice stories on the News for a change instead of people insulting each other or threatening or worse.
This is a great and refreshing story. Bravo to the guy who saw a need and acted on it.
Thanks for posting it!

7:28 AM  

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