Although Christmas is officially over, I’m just not ready for the warm fuzzy feelings of happiness and love to go away quite yet!
So I thought I would hold onto it for as long as possible by sharing an inspirational story with you all on this Wednesday morning…
Chy Johnson is a 16 year old student with microcephaly – a birth defect that causes her brain to work at only a 3rd grade level. A happy and loving girl, her family watched in pain as the sophomore in high school came home in tears – the victim of vicious classmates who called her names, and even threw trash at her. After approaching teachers and administrators about the problem to no avail, Chy’s mom took things into her own hands and contacted the son of a family friend. Though she asked Carson Jones, a senior on the school’s football team, only for the name of the bullies – Jones did her one better.
He went over to Chy’s lonely table at lunchtime, and invited her to sit with the team.
Now Johnson – the “lucky girl” – and “her boys” are an every day sight around campus. And instead of being bullied, Chy has become a popular and accepted member of the student body – she even stands in the middle of the football teams’ huddles with them before their games!
But what’s going to happen to Chy when her boys graduate at the end of the school year? Don’t worry, announces Carson Jones’ little brother Curtis, “I got this.”
Read more about Chy’s Story: Special Team by Rick Reilly on ESPN.com