Gift of Love: 15-year-old Chris

By Jennifer Hines - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - He is an athlete who likes to share his knowledge with others and now he's looking for a family to share the gift of love. KLTV's Jennifer Hines introduces you to 15-year-old Chris.

Our hand-eye coordination was put to the test when Chris and I met up for a game of air hockey. This 10th grader is all about sports. Football and basketball are his favorite.

"I've been playing basketball lately down at the park," said Chris. "That's all I've been really doing this summer."

His athletic skills are something he doesn't mind sharing with others.

"He has natural leadership ability," said Lori Sutton-White, an adoption coordinator. "He's really one that has that inner glow in him that kids just gravitate. And he wants to mentor them."

Chris also said he likes to draw and is very interested in art. He even likes school.

"My favorite is science and athletics and my least favorite is math," he said.

"He does have some speech therapy that he will need to continue with," said Sutton-White.

Being active in an athletic program is important to him and it's also a great incentive for Chris to keep up his grades. Chris has big dreams beyond the classroom of attending college and serving our country.

"I want to be in the army or the military or something like that," said Chris.

"He has a lot of dreams and aspirations," said Sutton-White. "He really thinks it's important for him to be adopted and that's one of the ways he's going to achieve his goals in life."

Like most boys his age, it's really important for him to dress nicely and look sharp. He would also benefit from parents who are prepared to teach him the skills that all teens need to learn as they gain responsibility and independence. Chris' foster mom said he takes care to clean up after himself and does a great job of keeping his room clean. Chris will also need a family that will help him stay in touch with his twin sister.

"He doesn't mind being in the country," said Sutton-White. "He doesn't mind being in the city. What's important to him is having a family that is going to love him and be involved in his life."

And, to use Chris's words, he's looking for a cool, awesome family to share with him...the gift of love.

If you'd like more information on Chris, call our Gift of Love hotline, toll-free, 1-888-KIDS-275.

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