Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Chicago Bears player Kyle Long visits bullied 9-year-old

Compiled by Alison Moore, Deseret News

Published: Mon, May 5 2:45 p.m. MDT

 Kyle Long spent the day with a 9-year-old and his family when he heard the boy was getting bullied at school.

Kyle Long spent the day with a 9-year-old and his family when he heard the boy was getting bullied at school.

(PAUL BEATY, AP)

Chicago Bears offensive guard Kyle Long took time to make a 9-year-old's day when he heard the Illinois boy was getting bullied.

When Andrew Oyston told his dad, Frank Oyston, kids were bullying him at school and on the bus, Oyston decided to reach out to a football player he had been a fan of for a while.

According to FOXSports.com, Oyston contacted the Chicago Bears player Kyle Long via Twitter. After about a month of messaging though the social media site, Oyston and Long settled on a day for Long to visit Andrew. The player came Saturday, May 3, to Oyston's sister's birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese.

According to FOXSports.com, Long came to the family's house after the celebration to play catch and take pictures.

Social media users have responded positively not only to Long, but also Oyston for his proactive approach to his son's bullying.

Alison Moore is a writer for the Faith and Family sections at DeseretNews.com. She is studying journalism and editing at Brigham Young University.

Email: amoore@deseretdigital.com Twitter: @alison_kathleen

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