Queen Creek football players support special-needs friend
The Queen Creek football team just finished off an undefeated season and is positioning itself for a run at the Division III state championship.
But an act of kindness by some of the Bulldogs has already made them big winners before the playoffs even begin.
As chronicled in a segment by 3 TV, quarterback Carson Jones, defensive back Tucker Workman and defensive back Colton Moore have led a group of players making life much easier for Chy Johnson, a sophomore special-needs student at the school.
When Johnson was six months old, she was diagnosed with Microcephaly, a brain disorder which results in lesser brain function and reduces the average life expectancy down to 25-to-30 years.
Johnson’s mother, Liz Hixon-Johnson, told 3 TV that her daughter would come home from school every day crying after getting picked on for being different. She sent an email to Jones, a family friend, to see if he could figure out who was doing the bullying.
Instead, Jones began sitting with Chy at lunch and members of the football team have made sure she doesn’t get bullied at school any more. It’s been a complete shift for Johnson, who now has a steady stream of friends to talk with instead of bullies to worry about.
She is one of the football team’s biggest supporters and will undoubtedly be cheering on Queen Creek when it begins its playoff push on Friday against Avondale Agua Fria.
The Bulldogs are just as happy to be helping her out, too.
“Everything for us is going well,” Workman told 3 TV, “but someone else needs to feel good, too.”
Jones and Chy Johnson will be honored by the Arizona State Legislature early next year for their anti-bullying efforts, according to 3 TV.