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Oklahoma linemen accompany disabled teen to dance

Jalen Saunders, Lane Johnson AP

Oklahoma made headlines for all the wrong reasons on Friday, so it’s only fair we give the Sooners props for three linemen who made the day for one 16-year-old girl.

Hayle Savage has spina bifida, a birth defect in her spine, and has to use a wheelchair to get around. For the past three weeks, she’s been at The Children’s Center in Bethany, OK, because of a leg infection and she will likely remain there for another six weeks. As a result, she’s going to miss her high school prom.

But the center puts on a prom of its own where Savage was met by her date for the evening: OU linemen Bronson Irwin.

From the story:

She has heard a rumor that University of Oklahoma football players are going to stop by, but she doesn’t know until she’s waiting to enter the dance that offensive lineman Bronson Irwin will be her date.

The Sooners are her favorite team, and as Irwin steps beside her wheelchair to escort her down the red carpet, the grin across her face is bigger than it’s been all day.

During their first dance, Hayle’s cheeks turn bright pink as she holds hands with the athlete who is twice her size.

A few dances later, linemen Gabe Ikard and John-Phillip Hughes join Hayle and Irwin and show her how to do “The Twist.”

You can read the entire story HERE from the Oklahoman with an accompanying video. Well done, gentlemen.

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6 Responses to “Oklahoma linemen accompany disabled teen to dance”
  1. be4bama says: May 10, 2013 9:53 PM

    Fine young men. Bet they made their Momma’s proud.

  2. irishdodger says: May 10, 2013 10:40 PM

    That’s what it’s all about right there. Class act by those young men.

  3. brad9000 says: May 10, 2013 10:40 PM

    I wish we would focus more on these great stories than the so and so got arrested stories. Multiple teams did great things for kids this spring in practice. Soccer’s Portland timbers put on a full game for a make a wish child and his whole soccer team which was attended by thousands of fans. Many pro athletes are involved with great charities. Kudos for another story about the good of humanity. I am much more likely to read about a story like this over a story about someone else getting arrested!

  4. chex1868 says: May 11, 2013 12:27 AM

    Would love to read more stories like this.

    Classy gesture by the young men from OU.

  5. pricecube says: May 11, 2013 4:26 AM

    Bravo. A friend of mine has a daughter with Spina bifida. The challenges most of us face in life pale in comparison to such a congenital disorder. It is nice to hear a story like this.

  6. goirishgo says: May 12, 2013 9:10 PM

    Fantastic. Well done Boomer Sooners!

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