Thirteen-year-old Romelo took advantage of an opportunity to play with Tyler Junior College men’s basketball team members.
Romelo can be a little shy and quiet at first, but warms up quickly. I asked him to tell me about being in school.
He replies, “It’s awesome!”
He has been in foster care a long time, which can be discouraging for any child.
“Sometimes I can be very sad and somebody will come up to me and ask me what is wrong. Hey, I’m just going through a rough time right now. I’m alright now. So then I go on and be happy,” says Romelo.
On this day, the basketball players are making Romelo feel special.
The whole team surrounds him and presented him with a TJC T-shirt and signed basketball.
“On behalf of the TJC basketball team, this is a token from us. We all have one too, so you’re a part of the team,” says a player in making the presentation.
Jaron says, “We’re here really just to give a helping hand and keep him motivated and keep him doing what he likes to do, play basketball.”
A family for Romelo will need to be understanding and patient. This teenager needs guidance, structure and stability as he works on improving his behavior and staying on task. He would do best as the youngest child in a family.
“When I get adopted, I will have that home forever,” he says.
To learn more about Romelo join Gillian Sheridan for her “Children are a Gift” report, Tuesday night on CBS 19 Ten @ 10. You can also find information on www.CBS19.tv. To inquire about an East Texas child waiting to be adopted call 903-533-4109.