2013 ESPN SportsCenter Make-A-Wish Stories (Video)

SportsCenter MyWish

Every year for the last seven years ESPN SportsCenter along with the Make-A-Wish Foundation grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. ESPN then airs them on SportCenter for a week each year. If you’re not familiar with them (which would be hard to believe) here’s what Make-A-Wish is all about.

Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories, on average, every 38 minutes. We believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.

These stories are so inspiring and probably my favorite part of SportsCenter each year. While ESPN has picked to cover a handful of wishes that were granted involving sports icons, you can watch plenty more at the Make-A-Wish website involving hundreds of other kids.

I’ve been involved on and off with the Make-A-Wish Foundation as a volunteer for over a decade. It was probably around 1997 when I was first introduced to the Make-A-Wish Foundation by Bill Phillips who at the time was the CEO of EAS (at the time the world’s largest sports nutrition company.) He was starting a 12 week transformation program called the Body for Life program which ended up being one of the best selling self help books of all-time. He provided training and nutritional information along with a documentary called Body of Work which on to inspire millions of people trying to improve their lives through health and fitness. Once someone signed up for the program Bill and the team at EAS would send you the documentary movie for free. All he asked was that if you found the documentary to be of value in anyway that you please write a check to your local Make-A-Wish foundation for at least $15 and write Body of Work in the memo area. Well that turned into millions and millions of dollars in donations along with earning Bill the honor of carrying the Olympic torch on the way to the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002.

That selfless act inspired me along with hundreds of thousands of others to get involved with their local Make-A-Wish chapters. It got me and my health club involved back in the late 90’s, while I lived in Florida in the mid 2000’s and has again now in Minneapolis.

While there are plenty of worthwhile charities, one can’t help but get inspired helping children that have been through hell and back simply have a little bit of joy. I can personally attest that they won’t be the only ones getting something out of it as it’s impossible not to leave a wish with a huge smile on your face.

Here are this years 2013 ESPN Sports Center MyWish Stories. I’ll be adding them as the week goes on. If you want to get involved, please visit Make-A-Wish and contact your local chapter.

Note: The embedded videos from ESPN aren’t optimized for mobile so they won’t even play unless you’re on a desktop. Please click the mobile links next to each video. (Dumb ESPN)

Lateef Brock -Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins)
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Kyle Bird – Arizona Diamondbacks
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Kevin Lee – Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)
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Rylee Durham – Kasey Kahne (Professional Race Car Driver)
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Beatriz Tonoco – Roger Federer (Professional Tennis Player)
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  1. Matt Wilkinson says

    Absolutely inspirational, what a great cause. Video's are very touching! Really good of you to chip in Bryan

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