Student Jumps Fence, Comforts 9-Year-Old Cheerleader in Tears over Military Dad’s Absence

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas – A high school student in Texas is receiving praise after he ran to comfort a young cheerleader who was crying because she missed her dad.

According to KABB-TV, fourth-grader Addie Rodriguez was performing at a Central Catholic High School football game when she had to do a particularly difficult routine. As part of the cheer, the other cheerleaders in her squad were joined by their fathers, who lifted them onto their shoulders.

But Addie’s father wasn’t there for the routine because he is an airman and is currently training at Travis Air Force Base in California.

“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,” Alexis Perry-Rodriguez, Addie’s mother, told KABB.

Understandably, Addie became upset and started crying. But then, out of nowhere, someone rushed toward Addie.

Matthew Garcia, a senior at Central Catholic High School, ran down from a set of bleachers and hopped a fence to comfort her. He then lifted her onto his shoulders, just like the cheerleaders’ fathers.

“I just felt like somebody saved my life. I thought that’s so nice, especially since my dad’s serving for us,” said Addie.


  • Jessica Queen

    If more kids were like this young man I would have actual hope for our future!! Of course it made it to the news no one is kind or caring anymore, but this story shows it still happens and that’s why they share it with the world

    • Rick

      You would be wrong Jessica people especially those darn spoiled entitled millennials do kind things all the time it’s just rarely reported. I’m a generation X’er in case you want to call me any rude names. Gen X isn’t an endearing name by the way since every old Gen X’er I know apparently has no memory. They said all the same things about us they say about millennials duh. Good job young man!

  • laura

    cudos to the young man for stepping up to do something kind. wow though how insensitive must that cheer coach be to do something like this? obviously this was a planned thing so the coach would have known this child’s dad couldn’t be there

  • Rick

    I can’t believe a story about a high school boy doing something kind made it to the news! What is the world coming to

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