Fourteen wish kids from across the nation came to Hawaii for a week-long wish experience where they realized their dream of watching the best of the best battle it out at the Pro Bowl!
The wish kids and their families kicked-off a lively week in Honolulu to experience their most heartfelt wish - to go to the Pro Bowl. For these kids, their wish was more than just a chance to watch a football game, it was an opportunity for them to finally tackle something other than their medical condition.
Team “Wish” was in for a week of fun! Pro-bowl activities were planned out for the next seven days of football mania! Watching the pros make defensive tackles, forward passes and field goals was just the “kick-off” of their wish experience touchdown!
The first activity on their schedule was the Pro-Bowl draft during which football legends Jerry Rice and Deon Sanders filled their game rosters with their choice of players. This was the first opportunity for team “Wish” to see their idols and inspirations in person! The draft was outdone the next day during the player meet and greet at Aloha Stadium. The pros graciously spent the day signing, taking pictures and talking with our wish kids – this was an unforgettable moment for many of them. “His favorite part of the wish was meeting the football players,” said Austin Booth’s parents.
A few days later, the wish kids and their families attended a traditional Hawaiian Luau where they experienced the cultural offerings of Hawaii. The next day, Sunday, January 26th was game day – the pro bowl welcomed the best football players in the league to Aloha Stadium, cheered on by their most dedicated fans.
As team Rice and Sanders competed on-field, our team was cheering together on the sidelines. Friendly competition arose as the kids rooted for different teams. Loud cheers could be heard from the section where team “Wish” sat – high fives and smiles were exchanged despite the team rivalry. The families and kids were filled with game spirit and their passion for the sport of football led to an incredible bond.
In a letter to Make-A-Wish Hawaii, Nick’s family expressed how grateful they were for the experience; “We enjoyed getting to know all of you and the other Make-A-Wish families. We feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to meet so many amazing people. It was the PERFECT week.”