Cheerleader Cries When Father Can’t Attend ‘Parent’s Day,’ So High School Teen Steps In
I don’t know what inspired this young man to act so maturely and sensitively towards a little girl. He was apparently driven by a wave of heroism during a tear-jerking moment in the midst of a performance of a 9 year old girl who remembered that her father couldn’t be here for her.
The little girl named Addie Rodriguez is a cheerleader in St. John Bosco Elementary School in San Antonio, Texas. Recently, she was performing at Central Catholic High School’s football game, and their particular performance honored “Parents Day” for the girls.
According to WGME News, Addie and her mother had missed the memo because her father Michael Locklear, a senior airman currently training at Travis Air Force Base, had left earlier for California earlier in the week. As a member of the military, he served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan.
All of her friends were being hoisted on the shoulders of their fathers but she was reminded of the sad and heart breaking fact that her father was 1700 miles away, unable to share this moment with her.
Addie’s mother, Alexis Perry-Rodriguez, shared with News 4 San Antonio, “It was really heartbreaking to see your daughter standing out there being the only one without their father.”
Matthew Garcia, a senior at Central Catholic High School, the boy we previously mentioned, rushed to the side of the little girl. He jumped over the fence and asked her if she was okay and said that Addie could sit on his shoulder.