Former Panther’s Receiver Steve Smith Just Asked Charlotte Area Autistic Girl To The Prom


In 2014, Panthers fans were heartbroken to hear that Steve Smith would be leaving the team.  But the wide receiver is returning to Charlotte to make one high school senior’s dream come true.

North Gaston High School student Aubrey Bridges was diagnosed with autism, a rare condition known as “Vein of Galen Malformation.” Because of this, she deals with auditory processing delays, and speech difficulties. VOGM can result in severe neurologic problems, but with treatment, the majority of children go on to live active and full lives. 

With the help of the Dream on 3 organization, Bridges was contacted by Smith, asking her to prom. The heartwarming video can be seen below;

Watch this short video!Steve Smith, Sr. is asking one of our awesome #MollysKids if he can take her to her prom at North Gaston High School. Senior Aubrey Bridges was dying to go with someone – she now has the most incredible date.The amazing charity Dream On 3 showed Aubrey the NFL star's promposal… I mean, can you imagine being 18 years old and receiving this video text?… then videotaped her response. So smooth, Steve. But of course. It's you.Very cool.Can't wait for April 23rd.To learn more about Aubrey and the challenges she's overcome >>

Posted by WBTV's Molly Grantham on 3 April 2016


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Evan is originally from Denver, North Carolina, and is currently a junior Communication major at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He also writes for UNCC's campus newspaper, and is a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon. In his spare time, he plays sports, goes to concerts, and cleans up after his chocolate lab puppy, Carter.