Wednesday’s Kid: Meet Owen, a budding athlete looking for a home team


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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Meet Owen, 12, who loves all sports, especially running and football.

He has real talent on the track and a passion for the sport.

KARK 4 News Today anchor DJ Williams, a former Razorback tight end and NFL player, spent the day coaching and cheering him on.

Owen shared his desire to find a loving home that will give him the attention he craves, “a family that can keep me safe.”

Everyone who meets Owen says they are blown away by his manners and politeness.

“Owen is one of the sweetest kids I’ve worked with,” said Julie Brightwell, supervisor of the Arkansas Department of Social Services. “He always opens the door for me.”

He hopes and prays for a place to belong.

“I think Owen is just looking for a forever home where someone can support him and give him the attention he needs,” Brightwell said.

Owen is a boy from Arkansas who is a true Southern gentleman.

“He always says ‘Yes ma’am’ and ‘No ma’am’ and ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ and he’s very well behaved,” Brightwell said.

Own hopes he can one day follow in DJ’s footsteps as a football star playing for the Razorback and one day have his own family in the stands to cheer him on.

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