PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – Students at Plano West Senior High School are out to make sure one of their favorite classmates knows how much they care for him.
Randy Bland, is a 21-year old student who lives with autism and is enrolled in the schools adult transition services program.
Bland is a die hard Dallas Mavericks fan, and an even bigger Dirk Nowitzki fan. His friends say his entire wardrobe consists of nothing but Mavericks apparel.
Jerusalem Assefa is one of his schoolmates and says despite his challenges with autism Bland always finds a way to make sure his friends are smiling.
Assefa said, “Its times with Randy that I realize it’s the little things that matter.”
So as an act of gratitude toward Bland, Assefa organized a special scavenger hunt with a surprise for Bland.
Dozens of students lined the courtyard area of the school known as the Quad as Bland walked past them collecting clues for his special gift. The school’s band was on hand as well as cheerleaders providing a pep rally of sorts in Bland’s honor.
The scavenger hunt led to tickets for Bland to go see his favorite team play.
Assefa presented him with the tickets as his friends applauded and cheered for Bland.
Bland said he was “very excited” about going to see the Mav’s, something he has never done before.
His mother, Susan Hancock was also on hand for the big reveal and says, “Peer acceptance and friendship like this is what makes him so happy.”
The game is on March 30 when the Mavericks take on the New York Knicks at the American Airlines Center.
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