Friday, April 3, 2015
This Is Cool
Shortly before sixth period at Eastern High School on Thursday, senior basketball star and Ball State recruit Trey Moses was nervous.
Trey, 17, was about to execute a carefully crafted plan to ask freshman classmate Ellie Meredith, who has Down syndrome, to prom.
"A guy who's been hitting game-winning shots throughout the season and … playing in front of large crowds, and he's sitting here saying how nervous he is before this promposal," said Jason Wheatley, adviser of Eastern's Best Buddies program, which partners students with disabilities with volunteer buddies.
"He looked at me and said, 'Mr. Wheatley, do you think she'll say yes?' "
And after Trey interrupted Ellie's gym class with a hot pink sign that said, "Let's party like it's 1989" and "Prom?" and a bouquet of roses, Ellie — who knows Trey through the school's Best Buddies and peer tutoring programs — did say "yes." http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/preps/kentucky/2015/04/03/basketball-star-trey-moses-surprises-special-ed-student-promposal/25253961/
When I taught at some inner city schools, some of the nicest people towards my severely physically and mentally challenged students were athletes and hard core gang members, and those gang members who dissed our kids were dealt with severely by the hard core gang bangers.
There are a lot of bad and stuck up athletes in high school, college and the pro's, so it is always nice to see when star athletes do a very nice thing.