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    'So full of life': Boy, 8, with cerebral palsy drafted by Memphis Grizzlies

    Charvis Brewer, an 8-year-old super-fan of the Memphis Grizzlies, has bragging rights that most children can only dream about.

    On Sunday, the basketball team drafted Charvis as its newest and youngest member. The ceremony, complete with a mock press conference, team photograph and visit to the locker room, was orchestrated by Make-A-Wish, a non-profit wish-granting organization for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

    Charvis has cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that confines him to a wheelchair. His mother, Colissa Brewer, and a home health aide tend to his every need.

    “It brought tears to my eyes,” Brewer said of the Grizzlies’ welcoming gesture. “I never imagined he would get a chance to do something like that.”

    Despite his illness, Charvis attends school and is the kind of basketball fan who can rattle off facts about his favorite team and their opponents. About a year ago, he was referred to Make-A-Wish Mid-South, the Memphis-based chapter of the national organization.

    Charvis Brewer, the newest and youngest member of the Memphis Grizzlies, beams with excitement on Sunday.

    Charvis Brewer, the newest and youngest member of the Memphis Grizzlies, beams with excitement on Sunday.
    When volunteers asked what Charvis would like to wish for more than anything in the world, he shared his fantasy of being drafted by the Grizzlies. Since then, his mother told TODAY.com, Charvis kept wondering: Would his dream come true?

    He got his answer on Sunday when the Brewer family, including Charvis’ sister, brother and stepfather, went to brunch in Memphis, about an hour’s drive from their home in Somerville, Tenn.

    At the end of the meal, Memphis Grizzlies announcer Pete Pranica charged into the dining room and called out Charvis’ name. Pranica had great news — the Grizzlies had a supplemental draft and they chose Charvis.
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    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. Miranda Harbor, director of community outreach for Make-A-Wish Mid-South, said Charvis was thrilled and quickly took his place on the team, even offering suggestions on player positions and strategies.

    Player Zach Randolph had Charvis Brewer tour the Grizzlies' locker room and then surprised the 8-year-old with his very own locker.
    The team just as quickly embraced Charvis. “He’s a great kid that comes from a great family and is so full of life,” Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien said in a statement to TODAY.com. “We are a bigger fan of his than he is of ours.”

    Each year Make-A-Wish grants 14,000 requests, more than 1,000 of which are celebrity- and sports-related. While the organization has previously “drafted” children to their favorite sports teams, Harbor said Charvis is the first in the area to join the Grizzlies.

    Memphis Grizzlies players surrounded Charvis Brewer before practice on Sunday. Charvis had all sorts of tips to share with them.
    The fun will continue for Charvis on Monday night as he and his family watch the Grizzlies battle the Chicago Bulls from box seats. It will be only the second Grizzlies game that Charvis has attended. This time, though, he will give the players high-fives as they run onto court.

    His mother said Charvis has been preparing all day for his new role on the team: “He said he’s ready to tell them to beat those Bulls.”

    Though Charvis will watch from the sidelines, he is exploring the possibility of one day competing in Special Olympics basketball.

    For now, Charvis and his family are enjoying the special attention. “It made me feel like somebody else cared,” Colissa Brewer said. “Somebody took out time to do something my baby really wanted to do.”

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    Oh, that's awesome. The little guy resembles a young Z-Bo. Amazing gesture by Memphis. Hat's off to the Grizzlies.
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    That's seriously one of the coolest things a sports organization could possibly do. The look on that kid's face...priceless. Thanks for sharing!

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    I feel like my heart just grew three sizes.

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    The league has strict rules against players under 20 years of age. This would never happen on Furher Stern's watch.
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    The biggest thing about this is that it was truly special for the kid. I hope he someday gets to play basketball. I coach Special Olympics basketball and track and have worked with kids with all kinds of disabilities for over 10 years...including some in wheel chairs with no use of their legs and very limited use of their arms. The athletes in wheel chairs in our group are also pretty severely mentally retarded but this kid looks like he could do some things. I hope somebody there with the Grizzlies gets that boy hooked up. Anyway, great story.

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    What a classy organisation the Grizzlies are. Without doubt my favourite team out west.

    Reminds me of this kind gesture that was made earlier in the year:



    Awesome stuff.
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    Amazing how Zach has seemed to change since getting to Memphis, no craziness on or off the court, and seems to be very involved w/ community now. Perfect case of guy needing to be at right place/atmosphere to succeed.
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    Amazing how Zach has seemed to change since getting to Memphis, no craziness on or off the court, and seems to be very involved w/ community now. Perfect case of guy needing to be at right place/atmosphere to succeed.
    Sometimes you just have to get away from the things that are holding you back. That's exactly what happened with Zach in Memphis.
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    Awesome, this is one of the reason I love sports

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    Awesome.

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    Not quite as elaborate, but Randolph was caught red-handed about two weeks ago as well.

    Zach Randolph Gives Warm-Up Shirt to Young Special Needs Memphis Grizzlies Fan
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    What a classy organisation the Grizzlies are. Without doubt my favourite team out west.

    Reminds me of this kind gesture that was made earlier in the year:



    Awesome stuff.
    Wow, I'm a grown man sitting here at work crying like a baby. Thank you for sharing, my friend.

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    Wow, I'm a grown man sitting here at work crying like a baby. Thank you for sharing, my friend.
    No problem dude. I must admit, not a lot gets me emotional especially on the internet but this did. Great sporting moment.
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    I just absolutely love stories like this. Good work, Grizzlies!
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    To keep up the good sports stories momentum here: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/201...ORTS/712219917

    Absolutely awesome.

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    There's a great, GREAT, program called Friends of Jaclyn that matches up kids going through problems with any number of NCAA athletic programs and the teams in effect "adopt" the kids.

    If you know a kid that could use some teammates or you're in any way affiliated with any kind of program, male or female, whatever sport, get in touch with them, you will absolutely put a smile on a kid's face.

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