It wasn’t surprising when Max Atkin won the title of Homecoming King at Fossil Ridge High School’s homecoming game. The popular senior is his football team’s quarterback, and in just the first half of Friday night’s game he had 200 passing yards, 60 rushing yards, and four touchdowns.
On the surface he looks like the typical All-American jock, but beneath that lies the heart of a true hero.
Before the winner was announced, the homecoming king nominees stood before the crowd, one of whom was Max’s friend K.L. Norwood, the football team’s manager.
K.L. has cerebral palsy, but he doesn’t let that keep him down. He is always cheering on the team and lifting up the spirits of everyone around him.
When the announcer called out Max’s name as homecoming king, Max was thrilled, but he believed someone else deserved it more. Just moments after receiving the crown he turned, knelt down on one knee, and presented it to K.L.