Heartwarming 'promposal' shared by South Charleston basketball player and his biggest fan
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) - Of all the “promposals” this season, one out of South Charleston High School is bringing a smile to more faces than just the two high school students.
The two students have known each other since their T-ball days but have had different experiences growing up. Madison Walker has Down syndrome. While she has attended special needs proms, she has never been asked to her high school's prom. On Tuesday, that changed when her friend and favorite basketball player popped the question.
"Go SC! Let’s go SC,” Walker said.
Anyone who knows her will tell you that when she is cheering on the Black Eagles, she is really cheering for one player, EJ Phillips.
"Go EJ and the Black Eagles,” Walker said.
Madison and EJ go way back. They once shared the same T-ball field and now share South Charleston High School's basketball court.
"She's wonderful," Phillips said. "She's been cheering me on my four years of high school and playing basketball. No. 1 fan actually."
Before every game, she tells him “good luck,” and after the game ends, she gives him a hug.
“She was right there waiting for me, and that just put a huge smile on my face,” Phillips said.
So, Phillips wanted to put a smile on Madison’s face. He surprised her with cupcakes and flowers and asked her to go to the prom with him.
The “promposal” was an even bigger surprise to Walker's mother.
"I was like, 'You're a senior, this is your last prom!' And he said it would be an honor to take Madison to the prom,” Mindy Walker said.
Madison Walker said she has a red dress, and she is ready for her first high school prom with one lucky guy.
"I feel lucky because she's always nice, such a good friend to me, always speaks when she sees me, and that's just something I would like to be around,” EJ Phillips said.
Mindy Walker said everyone has just been so accepting of Madison Walker.
"They just treat her for who she is and the things she can do, not the things she can't do,” she said.
Her mother said Madison Walker could not be more excited to go to the prom with her lifelong friend.