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Tune in to SportsCenter on July 17 to see Tennyson from Make-A-Wish South Dakota have his wish to meet NFL all-time great Larry Fitzgerald come true
SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA (July 17, 2018) – For the 13th consecutive year, Make-A-Wish® and ESPN® deliver an all-star lineup of inspirational sports stories as part of the annual “My Wish” series, including the wish of Tennyson, a local wish kid from Platte. Tennyson is a 7-year-old with leukemia whose wish was granted to meet NFL all-time great Larry Fitzgerald. Tennyson’s wish is one of four new entries in the summertime series presented by Dove Men+Care on SportsCenter that focuses on the incredible joy and strength that children with critical illnesses receive from a wish-come-true.
Starting the evening of Sunday, July 15, and continuing Monday, July 16, Tuesday, July 17, and Thursday, July 19, sports fans can catch a different story of Make-A-Wish kids meeting their sports heroes. The “My Wish” series will conclude on Friday, July 20, with a compilation feature highlighting the full collection of this year’s wishes. Tennyson’s wish will premiere the evening of July 17 and re-air on SportsCenter shows until the following evening.
From end zones and three-point lines to outfields and race tracks, ESPN cameras have been there from the initial surprise when wish kids find out their wish will come true until they meet the athletes they idolize the most. Throughout the years, the series has documented more than 60 wishes featuring elite athletes of all kinds: global superstars, world champions, gold medalists, hall of famers and MVPs. This year’s participants are equally as impressive with involvement from golf champion Jordan Spieth; 27-time World Series winning team, The New York Yankees;; and NBA all-star Jimmy Butler in addition to NFL all-time great Larry Fitzgerald.
As with every other year of the “My Wish” series, Emmy-award winning reporter Chris Connelly brings these stories to life through eye-opening, first-hand interviews and best-in-class storytelling.
“Every year, we witness how sick kids internalize the toughness and determination that professional athletes display on a nightly basis,” said Connelly. “When wish kids meet their favorite athletes and teams, they are empowered to stay strong and positive no matter what health obstacles come their way.”
“Wishes play a critical role in the course of a child’s medical treatment. They have proven physical and emotional benefits that can lead to better health outcomes for a child with a critical illness,” said Sue Salter, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish South Dakota. “The ‘My Wish’ series invites SportsCenter viewers to witness as Tennyson and his family’s lives change forever through the power of a wish-come-true.”
Make-A-Wish South Dakota extends its thanks to Disney and ESPN for their support of the “My Wish” series as part of their Team of Heroes initiative centered around improving the patient and family experience in children’s hospitals. Beyond assisting with this year’s series, Disney – which owns ESPN – has been a steadfast friend of Make-A-Wish for 38 years and has helped the organization grant more than 120,000 Disney-related wishes, including the first official wish in 1980.
For more information about Make-A-Wish and the ESPN “My Wish” series, visit wish.org/mywish.
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ABOUT MAKE-A-WISH SOUTH DAKOTA
Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Make-A-Wish South Dakota granted 72 wishes statewide last fiscal year and has granted more than 1,368 wishes since its founding in 1984. To qualify for a wish a child must be between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 and facing a critical illness. There are more than 70 kids in the process of receiving a wish. For more information about Make-A-Wish South Dakota, visit southdakota.wish.org