Have a Heart: Meet Kyler

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) At No Limits Sports Lab in Panther Valley, it's hard to keep up with 9-year-old Kyler. His case worker, Erica Brown, describes him perfectly.

"A ball of energy," Brown said. "This kid I tell you. He's full of energy."

Whether it's throwing a football or running drills, it doesn't matter. Kyler just loves to be active a play sports. But that's not all he loves. Just ask Kyler about himself and he will not hesitate to tell you.

"I like to play with LEGOs," he said. "My favorite color is red. My favorite football team is the Raiders. I like dogs. I like cats. If I had to choose, I just like both of them so I wouldn't choose."

He's spirited and outgoing. He even holds his own against former NFL star and founder of No Limits Sports Lab, Duke Williams. Brown says that's no surprise, because she describes Kyler as an old soul.

"He is a lovable young boy," she said. "He's outgoing, he's articulate, and as my grandma said he's been here before. He's a wise young 9 year old."

Brown says she thinks some of that wisdom comes from what he's been through. Kyler as been in foster care for several years. But one of the hardest moments for his was a recent failed adoption.

"He was very disappointed because he really wants a forever home," Brown said. "a forever family and someone who really won't give up on him. He needs that unconditional love."

The disappointment is to be expected, but Kyler hasn't let that damper his spirits.

"He's so resilient," Brown said. "He still is lovable. He still sees the good in people and I love that about him- that he still has hope."

Hope- that the perfect family will soon come around. Kyler will tell you he has high expectations, but really all he wants is a family that will love and spend time with him.

"Play video games, go outside, play sports with me; that's what I expect in a family," he said.

He even knows what he will do when that perfect family comes around.

"I can help clean. I can try to help feed the dog, do chores, anything to just get a family."

He also loves to sing, and wants a family that will take him to church. Kyler says he'd feel safer being in a home that believes in God. Any family would be lucky to have a kid like Kyler fill their home with love and plenty of spirit.

"I'm a nice loving kid that loves to have fun and just really, really inspire others," he said.

If you’re interested in adopting Kyler, contact Tawnya Robertson at trobertson@washoecounty.us