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Queen Creek football players support special-needs friend

Posted by on October 29, 2012 – 4:39 pm

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.

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  • Robert Boyd says:

    You are lucky to have these young men in your community. You should treat them like the champions that they are.

    They are the best!

    I live in Iowa and first read of this on the Huffington Post. I hope the whole world gets to hear about these guys. It makes a person feel good just to read it.

  • Robert McGill says:

    It’s Great To See What These Young Men Did.I Was Begining To Loose Hope For Our Young Generation.I Hope This Will In Inspire Others To Forget The Differences Between People And, See That What These Young Men Did Can Only Strengthen A Community. Reading This Article Has Restored My Faith In Our Young Generation. We Are All GODS Children.He Watches Over All Of Us! We Need More Of Our Children To Step Up And Put A End To Bulling. To Many Young Children Are Taking There Lives. It Saddens Me Everytime I See A Article Another Child Has Choosen To End There Life, It’s Only Just Begining. Thank You To The Young Men Of Queen Creek Football Team. Go Get That CHAMPIONSHIP Best Wishes

  • Dave Knoer says:

    Thank you Kyle for sharing this amazing story of these young heroes.

    Chy and her family are lifgelong friends of mine and since I captured the origina images of CHY and HER BOYS and wrote/broke the story, it has garnered local, national and international attention. ESPN even flew out 2-film crews last Friday for a future story on E60.

    These amazing young men have become a catalyst for so many others around the world to do the right thing and make a difference in the world.

    The Bulldogs are continuing their first ever undefeated season as they continue through the playoffs and are just one victory away from the state champiionship game. And many believe that Chy is their lucky charm, I must agree.

    I have been following CHY and HER BOYS and have been able to capture some amazing and heartfelt images along the way. I captured one of my favorites last Friday night as the team celebrated their victory over Thunderbird to advance to the State Semi-Final game Saturday against Nogalas.

    These inspiring young men procedded to hoist Chy upon their shoulders after their victory and the pouring rain didn’t dampen the smiles and love that was in the air.

    I hope that you continue to cover this story as the team progresses through the playoffs, however, regardless the way their season ends, the Queen Creek Bulldogs will always be considered TRUE chanpions beyond that of just a trophy.

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