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Young BYU fan gets VIP treatment at game after "act of courage" goes viral

PHOTO: BYU Photo

(KUTV) A 7-year-old Draper boy got the blue carpet treatment at a BYU basketball game Thursday after what many Internet users called an "act of courage."

On a Jan. 29 "Flash the U Friday," the University of Utah tweeted a photo from Lone Peak Elementary full of students throwing up "U " signs -- with one notable exception.

Spencer sat alone in his BYU Cougars shirt with his hands to his side. The photo quickly started to go viral on social media, with many applauding his bravery and dubbing him "BYU kid."

Even the U of U credited Spencer for his passive resistance.

BYU's student section (the ROC) said in a tweet that they wanted the little boy on their front row in a future game. Former BYU football player Derik Stevenson helped make that happen Thursday.

With daughters who attend the same school as Spencer, Stevenson was able to track down and reach out to Spencer's family. With help from the ROC, Stevenson put a night together that Spencer won't likely forget. Especially since he's the baby in his family and only has sisters -- sporting events are few and far between for the youngster, Stevenson told 2News.

Many fans even contributed tickets, gift cards and money to Spencer so he could take a trip to Scheels prior to the big game, Stevenson said. Spencer showed up decked out in fresh new Cougar gear.

Spencer got to meet Tom Holmoe, BYU's athletic director, Kalani Sitake, new head football coach and many former and current BYU athletes.

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One of Spencer's favorite things about sitting with the students? "The attention he got from all the girls," Stevenson said.

To cap it all off, Spencer got to watch the Cougars take down St. Mary's, the number one team in the WCC. BYU won 70-59.

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