6th grader Bo Paske was used to eating lunch on his own, and that was heartbreaking for his mom to hear of every single day. Bo suffers from autism and has a tough time when it comes to social interaction with his peers.
Until one day the Florida State University football team arrived in town, and star wide receiver Travis Rudolph spotted Bo was sitting alone. Well, this just wouldn’t do for Travis, and he grabbed some pizza and asked the young man if he could join him.
Upon learning of this wonderful act of kindness, Bo’s grateful mother took to social media to pen some words in gratitude. Below is a heartfelt extract of her message.
“A friend of mine sent this beautiful picture to me today and when I saw it with the caption “Travis Rudolph is eating lunch with your son,” I replied, “Who is that?” He said, “FSU football player.” Then I had tears streaming down my face. Travis Rudolph, a wide receiver at Florida State, and several other FSU players visited my son’s school today. I’m not sure what exactly made this incredibly kind man share a lunch table with my son, but I’m happy to say that it will not soon be forgotten. This is one day I didn’t have to worry if my sweet boy ate lunch alone because he sat across from someone who is a hero in many eyes. Travis Rudolph, thank you so much. You made this momma exceedingly happy, and have made us fans for life!”
Travis and Bo talked for some time over their lunch break together, and you could tell that there was a bond made. For Bo’s mom, it was all the more special because her child finally had someone to sit with – and he didn’t feel so excluded anymore. The footage of the footballer taking the time out to speak to this lonely boy has since gone viral, and Bo himself in his own words has suddenly become a superstar!
Watch this incredible story below and the interview with Leah Paske – Bo’s doting mom. But just as important, is remembering there are those people out there who need friendship, love, care and attention but for some reason, they’re being denied it. Change starts from a young age – and everyone can help to reach out to an outsider. Good things happen when people do good things!