NFL, the National Football League, is always using its draft phase of the games to raise awareness of issues and favor individuals with health problems. This event happened in April 2017, in a draft announcement of football that got its draft phase shared with a 14-years old boy named T.J. Owuanibe, who was diagnosed with brain cancer.
He always dreamed of sharing the stage with his favorite NFL team, the Ravens. It all began when the young boy told the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic that he always wanted to meet the team and participate in the announcement of their draft picks.
And so his wish came true.
The boy is in the eighth grade of the McDonogh School in, Baltimore, the same school he was in when he got diagnosed with the disease two years ago.
The kid happily steps in the stage as the announcer of the Baltimore Ravens’ selection for this year of football.
Standing next to no one else than Commissioner Roger Goodell, the boy, dressed up in a gray suit, was smiling. He knew that his dream came true because of his dedication in perceiving his long-lasting dream.
When it came to Baltimore to announce its next picks, on a Thursday night it was published that they would take Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey with the 16th pick. T.J. would not miss his opportunity to contact the team and try to fulfill his dream.
And it happened.
“For him, football is the one thing that makes him excited,” said T.J.’s mother, Chioma, who gave an interview about the kid’s reaction when Coach John Harbaugh informed T.J. that the team would allow him to announce the team’s first round of selection. His mom concluded that the Ravens were part of his life already, and finally meeting his wish, in the hardest period of his life, was a miracle.
For more information about the first-round pick and the announcement, please read http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/sports/article.html/content/news/articles/ap/2017/04/27/Young_cancer_survivor_gets_his_wish_at_NFL_draft.html, a website that specifically covers news from Florida and Tampa.
The biggest sports league in North America accounted for a significant audience when T.J. had the honor to get up on the stage and announce the first-round pick.
Nothing would’ve been possible though, without the help of a non-profitable organization named the Casey Cares Foundation.
- had the honor of meeting the coaching staff, a few of the players, and see the training camp with his own eyes.