Cheerleader Crying When Dads Are Invited Onto The Field, Student Rescues Her

A young cheerleader was left on the field alone when dads were called up to perform with their daughters. Her father is in the Air Force and is thousands of miles away.

Just as the young girl began to cry, someone ran out of the stands and to her rescue.

Addie Rodriguez, 9, misses her father terribly. Abel Rodriguez, a senior Airman, is currently training at Travis Air Force Base in California. He has been deployed in the past to Afghanistan and Iraq, so his absence is a sore spot for the little girl.

That's why it hurt when dads were invited onto the field to carry their daughters on their shoulders. Addie was the only girl on the field walking alone.

“It was really heartbreaking to see your daughter standing out there being the only one without their father, knowing why he's away. It's not just an absentee parent. He's serving our country," said Addie's mother, Alexis.

A stranger in the stands noticed Addie's sadness and he rushed onto the field. High school senior Matthew Garcia rushed to see what was wrong.

“I ran down from the bleachers and I just hopped the fence, and I went over, and I kneeled down. I talked to her and I said, ‘Are you OK?’”

When Addie explained the situation, Garcia volunteered to stand in for her dad. He hoisted Addie onto his shoulders and carried her around the field with her squad.

Alexis first 'freaked out' when she saw a strange man picking up her daughter, but then she realized what he was doing. “My heart just melted. It was just the most beautiful thing.”

Addie is grateful to her new friend for stepping in and giving her a lift.

Source: IJ Reveiw
Photos: Fox29

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