14-year old surprised with Vikings jersey on his birthday
BOONE, Iowa (KCCI) -Typically a sports fan’s allegiance never waivers.
But at the middle school in Boone, a group of teenage boys gave one Packers fan a good reason to hop on the Minnesota bandwagon, KCCI’s Beau Bowman reports.
Fourteen-year-old James Baldwin is happy to wear whatever jersey he can find. In fact, the eighth-grader diagnosed with ADHD, DMDD, autism and an intellectual delay owns an entire collection, anything from a green Brett Favre jersey to Indianapolis Colts legend Marvin Harrison.
But his favorite is actually the newest: a Justin Jefferson Minnesota Vikings jersey.
On Dec. 6, a group of James’ friends in his eighth-grade class chipped in their own money to surprise him on his birthday at school and he’s worn it every day since.
“We’ve made a compromise, that as long as we have a clean shirt underneath, he can continue to wear the jersey,” James’ mother, Rachel Baldwin, a Packers fan said.
She’s more than willing to set the NFC North rivalry aside to see her son smile.
A sense of relief knowing she can send her son to school knowing he will always have a group of friends who have his back.
“They’re setting a really wonderful example for other kids to make friends with that kid who is different who maybe they don’t understand and you can really impact somebody’s life in even a small way,” Rachel Baldwin said.
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