DENVER, Colo. - It's homecoming season across the country and at one Denver High School a 3-year-old girl is getting the royal treatment. She has overcome incredible odds and is inspiring her community.
The Manual High School football team was in Nebraska this summer for camp. On their drive back to Denver they got a call asking them to complete some community service. They had no idea they were about to change a little girl's life or that little girl was about to change theirs.
Avelynn, "Avi," just turned 3-years-old and her nurses think she's the strongest girl in the world. She was born with several complications and has undergone multiple open heart surgeries. She wasn't expected to live past 6-weeks-old.
This summer, members of the football team turned Avi's backyard from a pile of dirt to grass she immediately fell in love with.
"When we saw that little girl walk out onto her new lawn it touched my heart so much," said running back Losseny Kone. "I wanted to cry."
Avi made such an impact on the team that they wanted to do more. So they invited Avi to their homecoming game and crowned her homecoming queen.
"To see this girl walk out and be crowned queen," Kone said. "Something she probably won't experience ever so it really means a lot to us."
The newly crowned 2015 Manual High School Homecoming Queen had just as big of an impact on the team as they did to her. Manual didn't get the win on the field that night, but more importantly they were all winners off the field.