Athletes need more than talent to reach the top. They also need perseverance and courage – just like Make-A-Wish kids.

You can see, then, why so many wish kids look up to world-class athletes as their roles models.

This year, ESPN SportCenter has been giving you an insider’s view of Make-A-Wish kids who meet their favorite athletes. Between Sunday, July 19 and Thursday, July 23, SportsCenter has been highlighting one inspiring wish a day. Viewers have experienced five unique wishes that feature the following wish granters: the San Francisco 49ers, Olympic gold -medalist Michael Phelps, WWE Superstar John Cena, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen, and Minnesota Lynx player Maya Moore.

SportsCenter will air a one-hour “My Wish” special on Thursday, July 23 with highlights from all five wishes. Viewers can tune into a special showcase on Saturday, July 25. Each story may also be viewed at ESPN.com following its original air date.

Make-A-Wish extends its thanks to Disney and ESPN for their support of this year’s “My Wish” series, and for their help in creating these incredible wish experiences and sharing them with the world. Beyond assisting with this year’s series, Disney – which owns ESPN – has been a steadfast friend of Make-A-Wish for 35 years and has helped the organization grant nearly 100,000 Disney-related wishes, including the first official wish in 1980.

Source: wish.org

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