Long started a conversation via Twitter last month with Bears fan Frank Oyston, who informed Long that his nine-year-old son Andrew was being bullied at school and on the bus.
“I had reached out to Kyle on Twitter and told him that my son had been bullied on the bus at school, and he was having a hard time dealing with it,” Oyston told FOXSports.com. “And Kyle replied, ‘Hey, I’ll come ride the bus with him.’”
It took a month of direct messaging before Long could make his way out to Huntley, Ill. where the family lives, but on Saturday, that day finally came.
“It was actually my youngest daughter’s birthday at Chuck E. Cheese, and Kyle came and hung out,” Oyston said. “We played games and had pizza. We had a lot of fun.
“He was at Chuck E. Cheese for a couple hours, and then he came back to the house and played catch with the kids and took some pictures.”
It’s always great to see athletes reaching out and helping people in their community. Oyston was definitely grateful that Long went out of his way to make Andrew’s day.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Oyston said. “I didn’t think it was going to happen, but he followed through. He’s a really good guy. He played games with him and played catch. You don’t expect that to happen nowadays. It really meant a lot.”
Long posted photos of Andrew and himself to his Twitter account, and he even changed his Twitter avatar to a photo of the two of them.
Stackin tickets with my man Andrew http://t.co/4cMHcDNQQ2—
Kyle Long (@Ky1eLong) May 03, 2014