It’s not exactly unheard of for an athlete to give a fan some type of personal memorabilia. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you might snag yourself a game used pair of shoes/cleats or a jersey. But more likely, you’ll haul in an armband/headband as it’s thrown into the crowd as the player leaves the field/court.
But to get an actual award? That’s a bit unheard of, but exactly what happened to a lucky 11-year-old.
Olympic snowboarder and endorsement extraordinaire Shaun White recently took part in the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado. The competition is one of five events which will determined how the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association pick the upcoming Olympic team.
White, who placed second in the halfpipe event made his way over towards the crowd and handed the wood based aware to Connor Tripp:
After stepping down from the podium, White handed his trophy to 11-year-old Connor Tripp of Castle Rock, Colo.
White was Connor’s favorite fan before receiving the trophy, but the snowboarding legend definitely endeared himself to the young fan.
“I thought he was just letting me hold it,” said Connor as he cradled the trophy in his arms.
“He’s a really good snowboarder and he’s really nice.”