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Grizzlies “draft” 8-year-old boy with cerebral palsy through Make-a-Wish Foundation

Dec 31, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT

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This is the kind of story we like to end our year on…

Charvis Brewer is an 8-year-old boy battling cerebral palsy, which has confined him to a wheelchair, still he has the same dream a lot of us did growning up — to be drafted by his hometown NBA team. In his case, the Memphis Grizzlies.

Last week the Grizzlies made that come true, as reported at Today.

Working with the Make-a-Wish Foundation Brewer was drafted by the team, went through a mock press conference, went into the locker room, had a team meal and more.

Mike Conley, a guard for the Grizzlies and a favorite player of Charvis’, joined the festivities with a jersey made for the team’s newest member. A limousine then ferried the Brewers to the basketball arena where the players awaited Charvis’ arrival.

The whirlwind included eating lunch with the team, watching practice, visiting the weight room and quizzing the players about basketball.

Brewer did more than just watch practice, he helped out coach Dave Joerger, reported WMCTV in Memphis (via Ball Don’t Lie).

“So we need to work on our free-throws and 3-point shooting,” said Head Coach Dave Joerger.

Right away, Charvis made it known who the man in practice is by making decisions and blowing the whistle he got from Z-Bo.

“I like this guy! You’re a good coach!” said Mike Miller.

Monday night Brewer attended the Grizzlies loss to the Bulls and watch from box seats. More importantly, he got to feel like part of the team.

Here are a couple more photos from Brewer’s special day.

source: Getty Images

source: Getty Images

  1. jcmeyer10 - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    That kid is a stronger man than I am.

  2. spliff219 - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    This is just awesome. Good for you Grizzlies

  3. sportsfan18 - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Hat tip to the Griz organization for doing this, opening up the facility, access etc… to this child.

    So easy to do, yet rarely does it happen.

    • bougin89 - Dec 31, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      Bingo, well put.

  4. choover1998 - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Great story of an organization joining together to give a kid his dream

  5. jeffkx - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Amazing story. I always got choked up reading stories like these, but not that I have a little 3 year old nephew I usually blubber like a baby thinking about him in Charvis’ place. Well done Memphis.

  6. asimonetti88 - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    That is so awesome! Charvis Brewer rocks!

  7. mp4philly - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Great story

  8. sdelmonte - Dec 31, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    The Make a Wish people do such good work.

  9. edwardemanuelson - Dec 31, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    This is great. Also, it’s one of those “if I ever owned a sports team we would do this every week” type of moments.

    Nice move, Grizz.

  10. stephenolszewski - Dec 31, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Not many people get to experience something like this in a lifetime especially someone who needs it most like this child. Great job by the Grizzlies and The Make a wish foundation

  11. bellerophon30 - Dec 31, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    I have no children, and likely never will, so when I pass on, my money will be going to the Make A Wish Foundation. I made this decision years ago.

    This is why.

    Hats off to the Grizzlies.

  12. Kansachusetts - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Great story, Kurt.

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