On an episode of The Ellen Show, host Ellen DeGeneres welcomed Max and K.L., a pair of high school students who she says show "what it means to be kind."
Max and K.L. are both members of their high school football team — Max, the quarterback, and K.L., the equipment manager. Both were nominated for homecoming king, but ultimately Max was awarded the crown.
But in a beautiful display of friendship, Max decided to give his crown to K.L., who has cerebral palsy, rather than keep it for himself.
"I think people are getting it mixed up, thinking that I gave him the crown because he has [cerebral palsy]," Max clarifies. "But in fact, that's not it at all. I don't see K.L. as a disabled person, I see him as a great human being, you know? As a homecoming king, you should really be able to make people happy, and give good vibes all around the room, and K.L. never fails to do that."
When asked how he felt when Max gave him the crown, K.L. says he "felt really awesome. I felt like I was the only person in the stadium at that moment."
And finally, we think Max summed up the experience perfectly when he addressed all those watching:
"I think me and K.L. really want to get across the fact that, as corny as it may sound, you gotta treat everybody the way you want to be treated. And if you ever have a chance to make somebody's day, or make somebody happy, you should take that chance."
Following their interview, DeGeneres, who's often awarded people for their kindness, announced that Shutterfly would be donating $10,000 to each of the boys for college.
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