Michelle Beadle has always been one of the more genuine and funny personalties in sports media, acting as a conduit of the fan on ESPN's entertaining show SportsNation.
Turns out she's quite giving with her time, as well.
This past weekend, she attended the prom at the behest of Jack Jablonski, a paralyzed former high school hockey player. CBS Minnesota shared the background details on Beadle's trip to the prom:
Since being paralyzed during a high school hockey game three years ago, Jack Jablonski has had many highs and lows.
Saturday night was most definitely a high.
Saturday was prom night at Benilde-St. Margaret’s, and Jablonski’s date is one of the co-hosts of SportsNation on ESPN2, Michelle Beadle. Jack has been a fan of hers and he worked up the nerve to ask her out during a radio interview a few weeks ago.
She said yes and made the trip.
Beadle got the party started by posting a selfie with Jablonski:
That's a sharp-looking pair right there.
Beadle also passed along this very cool sign, marking Jablonski's reserved parking spot for the evening:
Here's Beadle on the bus with Jablonski and a few very excited high-schoolers:
And in the funniest picture of the night, Beadle is given a breathalyzer test:
She may be over 21, but there's no sanctioned drinking at the prom!
What a fun night that must have been, both for Beadle and Jablonski. For Beadle, it was not only an opportunity to make a young man's night, but it also must have been pretty cool to go back to prom. For Jablonski, well, it's hard to imagine having a prom date much cooler than Beadle.
After, he took to Twitter to express his gratitude:
@MichelleDBeadle thank you so much for going out of your way and making my senior prom! Can't thank you enough! You're the best!— Jack Jablonski (@Jabs_13) April 27, 2014
It's been quite the year for Jablonski. In March, he was drafted by the Chicago Steel of the USHL in the 28th round, the top junior league in the United States.
Both Beadle's trip to his prom and the Steel's selection of him in the USHL draft are reminders of how simple acts can go such a long way. Jablonski was dealt a raw deal when he was paralyzed playing the game he loved, one of the rawest deals of all, but he's also been an inspiration for many given his attitude and perseverance in the wake of his injury.
So it's lovely to see folks like Beadle going out of their way to bring some joy to Jablonski, too. These are the types of stories you never grow tired of reading.