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O'Connor Football Team Threw a Surprise Bash for Fan After Nobody Showed Up to His Birthday Party 

After hearing that no one showed up for a Helotes teen's birthday party, the O'Connor High School football team came together to save Diego Hernandez's 14th birthday.

The team may have reached the end of its season on Saturday, losing to Austin's Lake Travis in the state championship quarterfinals, but they remained in good spirits and decided to do a good deed.

Diego, an 8th grade student, invited eight of his "friends" over to his house to bake cookies and chill on Sunday. But according to KSAT, he told his mom none of his friends were coming.

Diego's older sister Marissa, a junior at O'Connor, was out of town with the soccer team but tweeted her feelings about her brother's friends not showing up.
A few minutes after Marissa's tweet, Jalen Hughes, the team's wide receiver, texted her about her request. The team ended up going above and beyond to together a surprise birthday party for Diego at a local restaurant. Not only did they all show up for dinner Monday night, but the players and their parents decorated with streamers and balloons. Plus, they even got a birthday cake for Diego.

But it wasn't just the football players that made Diego's birthday better. Their families as well as other athletes and students from O'Connor, Clark and Taft high schools showed up for the birthday bash.

Diego's family kept the surprise party a secret, making the whole thing even more exciting. His parents told him they were going to eat, and ended up blindfolding him so he could truly be surprised when he walked into the restaurant.
His mother, Monica, told KSAT that each of the football players talked to Diego too, comforting him that they had similar experiences when they were younger. She said the entire bash was a testament as to how the Helotes community is like family.

As for Diego? He said it was his best birthday.

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