All they wanted was a photograph.
After nearly 1,500 people signed a petition on Change.org, rock band Def Leppard took a picture with members of the Deaf Leopards — student-athletes who attend the Arkansas School for the Deaf.
Cary Tyson, a program officer at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, started the campaign over two months ago, asking people to sign the petition, tweet at the band and contact members on Facebook.
On May 9, he officially announced the good news and cheered on everyone who made it possible, exclaiming, “What great community spirit!”
The petition originally called for the band to appear in front of the school’s scoreboard. However, scheduling conflicts prevented them from visiting before their concert in town Wednesday night. The photo was snapped with a replica of the actual scoreboard that bears their team name.
Ironically, the school’s football team has been called the Leopards since at least 1941, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Only recently has the school and its students embraced the coincidence.
Stacey Tatera, a spokesman for the school, told ArkansasOnline, “We’re so proud for anyone to shine a light on our school, on deaf education and on the work we do here.”