NFL Player Steve Smith Sr. Asks Autistic North Carolina Teen to Prom

By Sherley Boursiquot, Epoch Times
April 13, 2016 4:59 pm Last Updated: April 13, 2016 5:06 pm

Baltimore Ravens receiver and former Pro Bowler with the Panthers—Steve Smith Sr.—will be taking an autistic teenage girl to her senior prom.

Aubrey Bridges, of Charlotte, North Carolina, suffers from a rare disorder called Vein of Galen Malformation, which affect the blood vessels in the brain, thus causing auditory processing delay and speech apraxia.

Hey Aubrey, Steve Smith here. I want to know if you would let me take you to the prom
— Steve Smith Sr.

Still, that did not stop the NFL star from asking the Charlotte teen to prom last week.

“Hey Aubrey, Steve Smith here. I want to know if you would let me take you to the prom,” he said in a video. 

She said yes, of course.

“I am excited because Steve Smith Sr. asked me to prom,” Bridges told the Gaston Gazette. “I am so happy that I danced. Brandon and Elizabeth Lindsey, my friends at Dream on 3, are making my dream come true.”

According to ESPN, Smith was contacted by Dream On 3, a non-profit organization located in Charlotte. Its mission is to help sports dreams come true for children with chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities or life-altering conditions.

Bridges enjoys basketball, and even tried out for the basketball team at her school.

She will also be graduating from high school this upcoming June.