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You like feel-good stories? Well here’s a good one for you.
On Monday night, Utah Jazz president Randy Rigby signed a 5-year-old fan named JP Gibson to a one-day contract so he could play in the team’s annual green & white intrasquad scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena.
Gibson is currently battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He and his family were hosted by the Jazz and the “Anything Can Be” project, which makes storybooks for children with cancer about their biggest dreams and wishes.
Playing for the Utah Jazz is definitely the biggest dream of JP Gibson.
“JP loves most sports, but basketball is definitely his favorite,” his mom, Megan Gibson, explained. “When he was just over a year old, he would sit with my husband, Josh, watching games. He started insisting on shooting hoops for an hour each night before bedtime when he was just 15 months old. He knows he has to be 6 before he can play Junior Jazz, and he reminds us all the time that he can’t wait until he’s 6.”
So how was JP’s big moment? It was pretty special. Wearing a no. 1 jersey, the five-year-old showed use his slick ball-handling skills to make his way to the basket. Then center Rudy Gilbert hoisted the kid up for a two-handed dunk.
Take a look:
Hat Tip – [ESPN]