CHARLOTTE - Make-A-Wish child George Gring, whose wish was to become a Carolina Panther and play with Cam Newton, was the lead story in ESPN’s annual “My Wish” series, which began Sunday.
The feature will chronicle George’s battle with lymphoma and his wish granting experience.
The segment will air multiple times throughout the day on SportsCenter, beginning with the 10 a.m. show.
George’s wish grant began in May with true NFL fanfare as NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell announced George’s selection as the No. 1 pick in this year’s Make-A-Wish Draft during the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall.
George went on to spend a memorable day as a Carolina Panther, including signing a contract, getting his locker assignment and meeting his new teammates, including Cam Newton.
Under Armour provided a one-of-a-kind pair of matching cleats for George and Cam. Following practice, George attended his first press conference and other duties required of a first-round draft pick.
George will return to the Carolina Panthers in a big way on Sunday, Aug. 17 as the team hosts the Kansas City Chiefs in a preseason game at Bank of America Stadium. George will serve as the honorary Keep Pounding drummer moments before kickoff, providing an opportunity for all Panthers fans to share in the joy of his wish grant.
The “My Wish” series shows wishes coming true in the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Each segment gives viewers an in-depth and often emotional story, starting with how to wish is revealed to how the child interacts with his or her favorite athlete.
The series will debut a different wish grant experience each day from Sunday to Wednesday. SportsCenter will air a compilation show on Thursday and July 26.