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University of Michigan Gets a Recruit Unlike Any Other

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University of Michigan super fan Stephen has passionately supported the maize and blue his entire life (literally…he was brought home from the hospital wearing UM apparel). His wish to experience a “mock recruiting trip” allowed him to visit Ann Arbor as a highly touted Wolverine recruit, and in the process, temporarily forget about his battle with leukemia.

The wish – jam-packed with countless surprises – involved privileged access to the athletic facilities, meetings with football staff, quality time with the players and even Heisman-caliber alumni appearances. ESPN documented the wish as part of its “My Wish” series for SportsCenter, the 9th year of the network’s collaboration with Make-A-Wish. The series is currently underway and will feature four new sports wishes plus a series recap throughout the week.

You can also view each “My Wish” segment on ESPN.com following its television premiere. Stephen’s family – each member as fanatic fans of Michigan football as it gets – was able to join him for the once-in-a-lifetime football experience; his mother, Kristi, recently wrote about the experience, including everything from Stephen’s NFL lineman-sized unveiling at the family’s home to how the family has been impacted by his wish:

“Tuesday morning [June 24] started off by us walking out of the front of the hotel to be met by Devin Gardner (starting QB) and Chris Singletary (former linebacker for Michigan and is now a part of their staff). And I must say that as exciting as this was for Stephen, I was pretty speechless myself). We were taken to Schembechler Hall by way of the Maize Mobile (way cool) where we were greeted by the man himself, Head Coach Brady Hoke. Talk about a moment for Stephen and the rest of us. This is a team we watch every Saturday and admire how he has coached and led these young men.  NO WORDS, only hyperventilation. He was so down to earth, friendly, easy to talk too and genuinely excited to have Stephen there.”

Read the rest of Kristi’s post on Stephen’s CaringBridge page here.

Tune in to SportsCenter tomorrow evening, July 22, to watch Stephen transform into the marquee player in Michigan’s next all-star recruiting class; and be sure to watch for new wishes as part of the “My Wish” series as well as the series recap throughout the week.

Go Blue!

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