When Lina Rafkah came home and told her sister that she had a prom date who’s a “nice, famous football player,” she was skeptical. But, as it turns out, Lina had asked Notre Dame football signee Troy Price Jr. to the Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine prom event for people with special needs and he said “of course!”
Price, who is a defensive back and wide receiver was approached by Lina, who has Down syndrome, in the halls of their high school and asked if he would take her to the prom. The next day, after his track practice, Price arrived at the event and joined Lina in dancing the night away.
“The way that she was happy, the way that I just tried to make her glow and make her smile the entire night, I know she’ll always remember that for her entire life,” Pride said. “That’s what it’s about — affecting other people’s lives. It’s about giving, even if I can’t receive anything. That’s what I wanted. I wanted to make her the happiest girl there.”
It seems all parties were thrilled with the night and its memories. Lina’s sister said, “Now [Lina] goes around telling us, ‘Troy Pride, that’s my boy. He’s a nice boy,’ I’m honestly thankful Lina asked him and he actually showed up. He’s a popular senior kid who could be doing who knows what on a Friday night, but yet he came to her prom.”
Pride signed a national letter of intent to play football at Notre Dame on February 3. He scored 16 offensive touchdowns, returned three kicks for scores and grabbed three interceptions in his senior season at Greer Senior High School.
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