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Kentucky’s Eloy Vargas takes high school student to her prom

Jeff Eisenberg
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Eloy Vargas and Natascha Richardson (Photo via nationofblue.com)

As Kentucky center Eloy Vargas was signing autographs at an event in Bowling Green, Ky., on Saturday morning, a high school student approached him with an unusual request.

Natascha Richardson, a senior at nearby Gatton Academy, asked Vargas if he'd be her date to her senior prom that night.

"It was my turn to get an autograph and I was just like, 'What are you doing tonight?' and he was like 'What are you doing tonight?'" Richardson told WBKO. "I was like, 'You should go to prom with me' and it just kind of happened."

The 6-foot-11 Vargas agreed to be Richardson's prom date on the condition that he could wear a sweater and jeans since he didn't have time to pick up the proper clothes for the event. The two had dinner together, snapped photos and even hit the dance floor before Vargas left to return to campus.

Credit Vargas for being so generous with his time and for taking advantage of the chance to make a special memory for one of his fans. And credit Richardson for having the courage to ask Vargas to be her date.

Tweeted Richardson on Saturday night, "Having a wonderful evening with @E_Vargas30 at prom. I would like to thank him soo much for making tonight a night I will always remember."

Responded Vargas, "Had a great time in Bowling Green meeting everyone & enjoyed going 2 prom w/ @NrXch wish I could've stayed longer & hope she has a good prom."

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