Written by SportsDayDFW.com
After winning silver, Justin Northwest's Chris North gives medal to autistic Frisco Wakeland wrestler
Sometimes, random acts of kindness can make all the difference in the world.
Alex Chappell, 15, was diagnosed with severe autism at age 8 and had only been competing in the Special Olympics- until last Friday when he competed in a 16-team wrestling tournament as a part of Frisco Wakeland's junior varsity team.
Justin Northwest and Frisco Wakeland were seated next to each other at the tournament. Before matches started, Chappell asked Justin Northwest junior Chris North to help him find his name on the bracket.
Later in the day, Chappell lost both of his matches while North won his four matches and earned a silver medal. Instead of showing off his accomplishment, North took off the medal and gave it to Chappell.
"I walked around the gym and I had to find his team, and I found him sitting by himself, and I put the medal around his neck and I told him, "I won this for you, buddy," North told myfoxdfw.com. "He looked like a winner. He looked like a really nice kid who deserved a medal, and he deserved to feel like he won."
The medal has rarely come off of Chappell since the meet.
"I want to say thank you," Chappell said. "I love it."