I don’t watch ESPN’s SportsCenter very often , but I do always tune in for their yearly Make-a-Wish series which is among the best programming on television.
There’s just something so special about seeing the eyes of a young child light up when they see their favorite athlete, which makes what the Memphis Grizzlies did recently so inspiring.
Battling cerebral palsy and being confined to a wheelchair, 8-year old Charvis Brewer had a dream – get drafted by his favorite NBA team. The Grizzlies were more than happy to oblige with the assistance of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, going through a mock press conference and hitting practice with the team. Not only did he attend practice though, he assisted coach Dave Joerger in the process:
Mike Conley, a guard for the Grizzlies and a favorite player of Charvis’, joined the festivities with a jersey made for the team’s newest member. A limousine then ferried the Brewers to the basketball arena where the players awaited Charvis’ arrival.
The whirlwind included eating lunch with the team, watching practice, visiting the weight room and quizzing the players about basketball.