- In a heartwarming gesture, a high school football star asked his disabled best friend out to the prom
- Video footage of the two dancing at the prom has gone viral online
- The teen said he hopes his gesture will encourage inclusivity
In a heartwarming gesture, an 18-year-old high school football star in Illinois, US took his disabled best friend out to senior prom on Saturday.
Tahj Oliver, a senior student at Oswego East High School in Illinois made his "prom-posal" to his best friend, Evelyn Araujo, last month by holding up a pink placard with the words, "Can I have a prom pass?"
Evelyn gleefully accepted and on Saturday, the pair became a sensation when they showed up and danced together at the prom.
Tahj told a local media outlet that he has been best friends with Evelyn since first meeting her about two years ago and that they communicate frequently.
He added that he hopes his gesture would send a message to young people to be more inclusive to everyone, especially those with special needs.
Tahj tweeted about his experience at the prom with Evelyne, saying: "What a great way to kick the prom season off with my bestie I'm humbled and glad to say that I was her date and I had a great time...thx Eve."
Evelyne later retweeted Tahj's tweet with her own message: "I had a great time with my guy."
Watch the heartwarming video below.