RG3 helps girl ask boy with cerebral palsy to prom (photos/video)
In one of the most heartwarming scenes of the week, if not longer, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III took a trip to a Centreville, Va., in order to provide his assistance in helping a girl ask out a fellow student to prom.
While these kind of stories involving athletes assisting students with their “promposals” are becoming more prevalent, the circumstances involved in this particular instance makes it far and away one of the more touching ones.
On Thursday, RG3 and Morgan Assel, a student at Centreville High School, showed up at a lacrosse game carrying a large banner. Hiding behind it, the two approached Centreville student Juwaan Espinal, who has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair.
Hiding behind the banner that read, “I know I’m not as cool as RGIII, but will you go to…” on the front and “Prom w/Me?” on the other side, the quarterback and Assel emerged as they approached Espinal.
It was abundantly clear that Espinal, who is non-verbal, was more than thrilled to see his favorite football player holding the banner (above). Of course, he agreed to go to prom with Assel.
Assel was grateful to the Redskins quarterback for taking the time to accommodate her request and make her prom request so much more memorable for Espinal.
“I’m just really excited and really grateful that RGIII came to help Juwaan,” Assel told WJLA, via D.C. Sports Bog. “It just really means a lot that people are willing to do this for him because he is such a special person and he really deserves it.”
RG3 posed for photos took selfies and signed autographs following the “promposal.”
Best prom date ever thanks to the best athlete ever. Brought tears to my eyes. Thank you SO much. God bless you!❤️ pic.twitter.com/qRtHXrHXfQ
— Morgan Assel (@morganassel) May 30, 2014
#Redskins QB @RGIII helps Juwaan Espinal go to prom. The powerful story behind this selfie @ABC7News at 11. @VBagate pic.twitter.com/uZxfPzZVO4
— Jay Korff (@ABC7Jay) May 30, 2014
Best promposal ever… CONGRATS @morganassel and Juwaan!!!