Seattle Sounders Make Dreams Come True for 18-Year-Old Kid with Cystic Fibrosis (Video)
In recent years we’ve seen a number of heartwarming stories about coaches and players on youth sports teams going out of their way to help teammates with disabilities experience the thrill of getting into a game. We even saw the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team bring seven-year-old cancer patient Jack Hoffman into their spring scrimmage and score a 69-yard touchdown.
Now, though, the Seattle Sounders of the MLS have taken things to a whole new level. After being contacted by the Make-a-Wish Foundation, last Wednesday the Sounders signed 18-year-old Xander Bailey, who’s battling cystic fibrosis, to a contract. However, this wasn’t your ordinary honorary contract. On Friday the kidtrained with the team, and on Saturday, in front of 55,000 screaming fans, he actually started a friendly between the Sounders and Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League.
Obviously, Bailey was only on the field for a few minutes. But the Spurs let him have a shot on goal, and he got to feel what’s like to walk off a field to a standing ovation. (That probably feels pretty good, right?)
Take a look:
Hats off to the Sounders, the Spurs, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation for really outdoing themselves. But I certainly hope other sports franchises are already hatching plans to outdo them, because the more sick kids who get to experience things like this, the better.
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]