ICYMI: 49ers DB Don Jones taking a family friend with Down syndrome to her prom will make your day. pic.twitter.com/NOS9zodrzy— ESPN (@espn) April 17, 2018
A player from the National Football League fulfilled a promise to a special needs student this past week, taking the student to her high school prom.
Don Jones, a free safety who plays for the San Francisco 49ers, attended the Lawrence County High School prom with 18 year old Lindsey Preston over the weekend.
Preston and Jones met each other through Jones’ mother, who taught Preston while she was in elementary school. Preston has Down Syndrome.
Kristi Martin, Preston’s mother, reached out to Jones through his mother, asking if he’d like to take her to a school dance last year. At that time, Jones’ schedule restricted him from attending, but he promised he would be her date "no matter what,” and over this past weekend fulfilled his pledge to the 11th grader.
“I had a great time with my beautiful prom date Lindsey at the Lawrence County LCDC prom,” Jones wrote on Instagram. “It was really an honor being around so many loving faces. I'll remember this for the rest of my life.”
The decision by Jones to attend prom with Preston was a noble one. While many NFL players may be willing to ignore their fans' requests, Jones took a different route, opting to celebrate one of the milestones of a teenager’s life with a person who has a developmental disability.
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