HS quarterback invites teen with Down syndrome to prom and fulfills his childhood promise
Ben and Mary became friends in elementary school.
Years later, Ben decided to keep a promise that left both their moms in tears.
Just because a person was born with a disability, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have the same high school experience as their peers.
Sadly though, sometimes they can feel left out of certain activities because of their differences.
People with Down syndrome are beautiful, intelligent beings, who crave interaction and fun, just like anyone else.
This means that teenagers with Down Syndrome still enjoy fun activities at school, and that they still want to go to prom just like every other 17-year-old.
This touching story is about a promise that was made in elementary school and it was fulfilled seven years later.
Ben Moser, who played football at Susquehanna as a quarterback, used to have a good friend in elementary school. Her name is Mary and she happens to have Down syndrome.
However, this wasn’t an obstacle for them to become friends. In fact, the two of them enjoyed spending time together.
“I thought Mary was really cool,” Ben told the Patriot News. “She was sweet and easy to get along with.” And Mary added that “He was sweet and he was nice.”
They became friends in fourth grade, but Ben’s mom didn’t know until the end of the school year when her son asked her if kids with Down syndrome get to go to prom.
“Ben had gone to his cousin’s prom walk,” his mom said, “and on the way home, he said ‘Mom, do kids like Mary go to prom?’ and I said ‘Sure, honey, if someone asks them. Why do you ask?’ [and he said] ‘Well, you know what? I’m gonna take Mary to prom.’”
And, a few years later, it was time for Ben to fulfill his promise, although in the meantime he and Mary had gone to different schools, and although Mary had already made plans for her prom night.
Ben and Mary ended up in different high schools, Ben at Susquehanna High School and Mary at Central Dauphin, where her dad was a math teacher. But they shared a love for sports.
Mary was the equipment manager for her school’s football team, while Ben was the quarterback for his.
Although they were practically rivals, Ben still had to stay true to his promise.
“I don’t think it should be too weird,” Ben joked. “There [are] good kids there.”
Indeed, he bought balloons and wrote “prom” on them, and went to Mary’s house to ask her to go to prom with him.
Mary didn’t know that Ben would want to take her to prom. However, she was thrilled about going with her buddy.
“I was surprised,” Mary admitted, smiling. “I was going to go with some friends.”
So, when the big day came, Ben and Mary looked amazing in their matching outfits, and their parents and fourth-grade teacher were there with big smiles- and maybe some tears in their eyes.
“Today with joyful tears in my eyes and down my face I watched a promise made, 7 years ago, to a beautiful girl fulfilled,” Ben’s mom wrote on Facebook.
The teens looked fabulous in their prom pictures and there’s no doubt they had an unforgettable evening.
As a quarterback, Ben likely had many girls that would’ve loved to be his date to prom.
In this case, he made the most beautiful choice possible by going with his friend Mary.
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