RGIII helps in surprise prom invite for with student with cerebral palsy

Published: May. 30, 2014 at 7:36 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2014 at 7:28 PM EDT
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CENTREVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Washington Redskins star quarterback Robert Griffin III took part in an amazing surprise for one student at a Virginia high school.

Centreville high school served as the backdrop on Thursday for a dramatic lacrosse playoff showdown, however the emotion of this night involved a student who can't take the field, but is universally admired for his determination.

"We try to keep Juwaan in to the mainstream in school," said Ibis Espinal, the mother of 17-year-old Juwaan.

Juwaan has a large circle of friends, despite being non-verbal due to cerebral palsy. One of them did the extraordinary to make him feel ordinary.

People lured Juwaan to the lacrosse game then hid behind a banner reading, "I know I'm not as cool as RGIII, but will you go to the prom with me?"

As Juwaan got closer, out popped the Redskins star, Juwaan's favorite player, who came to help classmate Morgan Assel ask her friend the big question.

Juwaan, who can say yes or no, of course said yes and then was thrilled to take selfie after selfie with one of his heroes.

"You can tell he's filled with life. we make time in our schedules for stuff like this because it's so worth it," said Griffin.

"I'm just really excited and really grateful that RGIII came to help Juwaan," said Assel. "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."

Assel, compassionate beyond her years, knows Juwaan well enough to know that a friend trapped in a body that doesn't work so well just wants to be like everyone else.

In a time that you see a lot of kids and negative stories about children and then you turn around and see something like this it makes you feel good.

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