5-Year-Old Utah Jazz Star’s Inspiring Story

Fans at yesterday’s Utah Jazz game welcomed a young new player, JP Gibson who at age 5 was signed to a one-day contract as a free agent guard. Gibson, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2012, suited up and joined the Jazz players on the bench for the team’s open scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena.

“JP loves most sports, but basketball is definitely his favorite,” said JP’s mother Megan Gibson in the Jazz news release. “When he was just over a year old, he would sit with my husband Josh watching games. He started insisting on shooting hoops for an hour each night before bedtime when he was just 15 months old. He knows he has to be six before he can play Junior Jazz, and he reminds us all the time that he can’t wait until he’s six.”

Gibson, his parents, and his 2-year-old sister, Elsie were hosted by the Jazz and photographer Jon Diaz’s “Anything Can Be” project, which creates storybooks for children with cancer about their dreams and wishes. Their goal is to raise awareness and provide financial support in the fight against childhood cancer.

In the third quarter Gibson got his time on the court and it warmed the hearts of those watching.

Here’s a video that sums it all up.

Check out photos from NBA.com here.