In 2014, 13 young football fans and their families travel from ten states for a once-in-a-lifetime wish experience ‒ to attend Super Bowl XLVIII. Their wishes are made possible through the generous support of the NFL and others.
A full itinerary of fun awaits in New York City and New Jersey, including a welcome reception, a private meeting with former NFL players, lessons in “Chalk Talk with You Make the Call: Learn to Be an NFL Official,” a trip to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and a visit to Super Bowl Boulevard. The weekend culminates with the championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday, Feb. 2.
An NFL Tradition
Super Bowl wishes continue to transcend generations. This year marks the 32nd consecutive year Make-A-Wish wish granters have heard “I wish to go to the Super Bowl.” For the wish kids, attending the Super Bowl represents their one, heartfelt wish; however, the positive impact of a wish-come-true can begin long before kickoff. Wish kids often say the anticipation of their wish helps them find strength to continue medical treatments and the memories from the experience often serve as a constant source of hope and joy. The NFL, by continuously demonstrating support for Make-A-Wish, helps to make these long-lasting, impactful experiences possible.
“Our wish kids and their families will have the time of their life as they take part in a weekend of experiences and memories that they can reflect upon long into the future,” said David A. Williams, president and chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish America. “Through these wishes, the NFL is helping us change the lives of kids with life-threatening medical conditions and everyone involved in the wishes, forever.”
A Perennial Favorite
Make-A-Wish, the NFL and Super Bowl wishes have a long history. In 1982, the NFL helped Make-A-Wish grant its first Super Bowl wish to a 12-year-old Arizona boy at Super Bowl XVI in Pontiac, Mich., the ninth wish in the organization’s young history. Since then, every Super Bowl has been attended by at least one wish kid ‒ more than 130 Super Bowl wishes have been granted in the last 10 years alone.