QB Named Homecoming King Insists to Give the Crown to Friend with Cerebral Palsy

By Daniel Cameron, Epoch Times
April 1, 2019 Updated: April 7, 2019

The annual homecoming at this Texas high school is traditionally celebrated with a friendly football game. The highlight of this event is the halftime crowning of the homecoming king and queen. But a heartwarming surprise took everyone by surprise in 2016 when the homecoming king decided to give away his crown.

Max Akin, quarterback for Fossil Ridge High School in Eller, was crowned homecoming king of 2016. Despite being crowned “king,” he did something no one expected.

Posted by Max Akin on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

He felt he didn’t deserve it, but knew who did. “I think it should’ve gone to the person who positively uplifts the school and everybody around him.”

“And that person is K.L., for sure,” he added.

Posted by KL Norwood on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

K.L. Norwood suffers from cerebral palsy, but that didn’t stop him from being the Keller Fossil Ridge football team manager.

So, he brought fellow nominee K.L. Norwood next to the homecoming queen, and respectfully presented the crown to him.

When Max approached him, K.L. said, “This is my favorite quarterback right here.”

But what he didn’t expect was that Max would offer him the crown!

Posted by Max Akin on Sunday, September 4, 2016

In an interview with WFAA, Max said: “I didn’t know when I would have the right time to do it. But I saw K.L., came over and gave him a hug, and I knew that he wanted that crown more than anything.

When asked what he thought about what his teammate did, K.L. said that it was absolutely terrific.

“I thought it was the best hearing them chant K.L.’s name right after halftime, and I know he liked that, too,” Max said in the interview. “Everybody was going wild for him. Everybody loves K.L. at this school.”

The touching moment was captured by a spectator, who posted it to Twitter.

Max’s selfless act even made the news. Check out one of the reports here:

Star Texas High School QB Passes Homecoming Crown To Special F…

PERFECT PASS: The star high school quarterback named homecoming king in Texas abdicated his throne to a very special friend. David Wright reports. #AmericaStrong

Posted by ABC World News Tonight with David Muir on Thursday, September 15, 2016

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