Red Wing sports team helps non-verbal student ask a friend to prom


Lucas Martin had been meaning to ask one of his classmates to prom. Only one problem: he's a non-verbal special needs student and can't speak.

So the Red Wing High School boys basketball team banded together to help him out.

Before their section championship game Friday at the Mayo Civic Center, 10 senior boys donned specially made t-shirts, lined up in the school cafeteria and waited for Erica Quandt to arrive in her wheelchair, the Post Bulletin says.

When she got there, the paper says Quandt couldn't contain her excitement.

The boys' shirts spelled out "ERICA PROM?" And Garth Brooks music – Quandt's favorite – played in the background, according to the Post Bulletin.

Of course, she said yes.

Minnesota Public Radio says there was even more work that went on behind-the-scenes to set up this special prom date. While Quandt is a freshman at the high school, Martin is only in eighth grade. According to school policy, eighth graders usually aren't allowed at the formal dance. But the school is making an exception.

To cap off the day, the boys basketball team came out victorious in their game against long-term rival, Northfield. The Wingers won 67-51. Now they're going to state.

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