Back to School, College Edition: FSU Football Player Makes A New Friend

Back to School, College Edition: FSU Football Player Makes A New Friend

We all know how awkward middle school can be even on the best of days.

But today would be different…


One luncheon date has made international news as players from the Florida State University football team visited with students at Montford Middle School on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Apparently, Travis Rudolph, a FSU wide receiver, spotted his soon to be “new friend”, Bo Paske, a 6th grader with autism, sitting alone and joined him!

As a Speech-Language Pathologist working with children, adolescents, and young adults, many with autism, this story brought a smile and tears to my eyes.

Thank you, Travis for your good heart!

Thank you, for sharing this social interaction filled with natural conversation and allowing others to see and hear through your words.

“Honestly I saw him by himself and I was like, yo, can I have a seat with you and eat with you?” Travis Rudolph said. “He was like sure, why not? We just started out having a good conversation.” Quote source and the full story: WCTV article, including a Facebook post by Bo’s mom, Leah.

Travis, I am not sure you realized at the moment you chose to sit down that this was an action well beyond a few moments spent at lunch with a 6th grader sitting alone.

Your action has touched the hearts of many and will continue to be a valuable example for others.

Simple moments are what we need to share more often.

I firmly believe that,

“Together, we can make a difference!”

“Together, we will make a difference!”

Travis, with your simple action you proved that,

“Together, we are making a difference!”

Lori Savage Grayson

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