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Washington Wizards Make Dream Come True

With the season winding down and the Washington Wizards having clinched a playoff birth for the first time since 2008, it’s a little late to be making additions to the team. There are exceptions, however, and on Saturday this included 10-year-old Amaris Jackson, a girl known as much for her courageous attitude as her talent.

Jackson, who was connected with the Wizards through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, suffers from renal cell carcinoma. She was first diagnosed less than a year ago, and since then has had two surgeries and numerous chemotherapy treatments. The disease often consumers her daily life, but this weekend was about something much more positive: Jackson signed a one-day contract with the Wizards, which included a personalized jersey, a seat in the owner’s suite, and the chance to participate with the team during pre-game shoot-around.

Jackson, who plays point guard for her middle school basketball team, was nicknamed “A-Money” by her new teammates prior to their game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Jackson was able to dribble, shoot, take pictures and even dunk (with some assistance) alongside members of the Wizards before the game, allowing her to have a dream-come-true experience.

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Gabe Katz
A journalism enthusiast – sports media in particular – Gabe has interviewed Super Bowl champions Raheem Brock and Chris Canty, and rising star Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey. He’s covered organizations and events affiliated with the NY Rangers, NY Knicks, and NBA Cares. He has also written articles featuring NY Yankees’ Robinson Cano and CC Sabathia, Tina Charles (WNBA), Deron William’s Point of Hope Foundation (NBA), and the foundations of Torrey Smith and Ryan Kerrigan (NFL). After graduating from Temple University where he received a degree in communications, he had two subsequent positions in news, first as an online editor and contributor for a Philadelphia sports web site start-up and later as a multimedia content provider at a newspaper in the Philadelphia suburbs. He now lives in New York as a freelance journalist and remains an avid sports fan.