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Football Pro Steps in as Prom Date for Girl Suffering From Spina Bifida

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JT Thomas Chicago Bears Prom DateChicago Bears rookie J.T. Thomas is known in the NFL as a “great guy.” He has an autistic brother in middle school that he often takes to his school bus stop in the morning. One such morning, J.T. ran into Joslyn Levell, a talkative 8th grader who suffers from Spina Bifida. Something appeared to be bothering her so Thomas inquired. Joslyn shared that she didn’t have a date to the prom and began to tear up as she described how cruel the kids at school can be. Thomas gave her a hug and assured her that everything would be OK.


She boarded her bus with his brother and that’s when the gentle giant went to work. He first cleared it with the school, then Joslyn’s family, then he asked Joslyn if he could be her date. She obliged and told some of the boys who snubbed her that her date for the prom would be a Chicago Bear. They scoffed.

Ultimately Joslyn got the last laugh though as she and her date were the hit of the prom. It’s so incredibly refreshing to hear about a young athlete going the extra mile to be a blessing to others.


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posted May 29, 2011 at 7:59 am

What a great story. I am so happy for her!!!

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posted June 3, 2011 at 10:42 am

OMG!!!How wonderful that I wake up to this story!!What a guy!!What a gal!!Just makes me LOVE the CHCAGO BEARS even more!!AWESOME!!

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posted June 3, 2011 at 10:46 am

I am an avid Bears fan and have been for years. This story makes me love “my Bears” even more. So great!

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linda wenz

posted June 3, 2011 at 10:53 am


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posted June 3, 2011 at 11:27 am

I don’t know football, but I do know a kind heart when I see one or hear about one. This story teared me up. TJ,… what a great person. I know they are preparing a special seat on the right hand side of the thrown just for you. God bless you. I can’t say enough.
A huge hug and kiss just for you.

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Gloria C.Willis

posted June 3, 2011 at 11:29 am

This just lets us(the public) know that there are still some people
in this world who think of others and do good things for another person without a second thought.Kudos to this young man.

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posted June 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm

J.T. you are a true Hero in my book; keep on with your positive way of life you’ll never be sorry. Joslyn, stay strong J.T. gave you and example of real people caring. I’m happy you had a wonderful time…stay blessed.

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posted June 4, 2011 at 12:10 am

I grew up watchin the bears and am a big fan,and i also have spina bifida and makes me feel good that there’s people still out there with kind hearts and that can see past the wheelchair or crutches no matter the disability look at the person as a whole.I walk with crutches but it hasn’t stopped me from what i have achieved so far,Im proud of my achievements as a certified firefighter and fire investigator,no matter what others may think when i do tell them what i have achieved,i get that “is this guy serious” look.I wish others would have an open mind to what “ABILITIES”we have rather then the “DISABILITIES”.

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posted June 4, 2011 at 8:57 am

This is absolutely wonderful. It goes to show u that the love of God is still @ work. This is the very thing Jesus did when He walked the earth before his cruxifiction. Don’t let this be the only love u hear or see, how about showing ur love as well. God wants us to love our neighbors as ourselves.

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posted June 17, 2011 at 7:29 am

What a thoughtful, class guy. A great example for all, particularly for young men who many times don’t know the proper way to act towards women and even in society at large. I am a Steelers fan but………maybe there could be a trade in the future…..we could use a man like J.T. Thanks for showing us that mature, good men still exist in professional sports.

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posted June 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm

During a time when negative stories about professional athletes clog our news wires, it is refreshing to see a positive story. This tale touches me as a mother, a special education teacher and as a caring human being. May this inspire others to extend a genuine, helpful hand.

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posted November 6, 2011 at 10:11 pm

This just lets us(the public) know that there are still some people
in this world who think of others and do good things for another person without a second thought.Kudos to this young man.

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