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ESPN "My Wish" Series highlights
five sports wishes

Sean and Andrew McCutchen



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 will give you an insider’s view of Make-A-Wish kids who meet their favorite athletes. You’ll see once-in-a-lifetime moments. Genuine connections. And impact that changes lives.

The series will once again be hosted by Emmy Award-winning reporter, Chris Connelly.

Between Sunday, July 19 and Thursday, July 23, SportsCenter will highlight one inspiring wish a day. Viewers will experience 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.

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Anthony Meets the San Francisco 49ers

Sunday, July 19, 11 p.m. SportsCenter

  • Anthony plays catch with San Francisco 49ers player Vernon Davis.

  • San Francisco 49ers player Vernon Davis autographs Anthony’s jersey.

  • Anthony hangs out in a huddle with San Francisco 49ers Head coach Jim Tomsula.

  • The San Francisco 49ers welcome wish kid Anthony to the team.

  • Anthony is signed as honorary team member of the San Francisco 49ers.

  • Wish kid Anthony practices with the team at Levi Stadium.

  • Anthony gets customized football gear.

  • Anthony meets San Francisco 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke.

  • Vernon Davis visits with wish kid Anthony and his family.

  • Wish kid Anthony is excited to meet the San Francisco 49ers.

Hailey Meets Michael Phelps

Monday, July 20, 6 p.m. SportsCenter

  • Hailey spends the day swimming with Michael Phelps.

  • Wish kid Hailey swims in the pool.

  • Hailey’s wish to meet swimmer Michael Phelps is revealed.

  • Swimmer Michael Phelps surprises Hailey.

  • Wish kid Hailey spends time in the pool with swimmer Michael Phelps.

  • Hailey and swimmer Michael Phelps talk outside the pool.

  • Hailey spent the day with swimmer Michael Phelps.

  • Swimmer Michael Phelps meets wish kid Hailey.

  • Hailey is excited about spending the day swimming with Michael Phelps.

  • Wish kid Hailey high fives Michael Phelps

  • Swimmer Michael Phelps meets wish kid Hailey.

KJ Meets John Cena

Tuesday, July 21, 6 p.m. SportsCenter



  • Wish kid KJ takes on WWE® Superstar John Cena in an arm wrestling contest.
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  • KJ poses with the United States championship belt.
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  • KJ high-fives WWE® Superstar John Cena on stage.
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  • WWE® Superstar John Cena and KJ hang out in the ring.
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  • Wish kid KJ meets WWE® Superstar John Cena.
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  • WWE® Superstar John Cena and KJ play video games.
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  • KJ’s family meets WWE® Superstar John Cena.
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  • KJ is excited to hear how he will spend his day with WWE® Superstar John Cena.
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  • KJ practices his victory pose.
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  • Wish kid KJ enjoys spending time with his hero.
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Sean Meets Andrew McCutchen

Wednesday, July 22, 6 p.m. SportsCenter

  • Wish kid Sean spends the day with Pittsburgh Pirates player Andrew McCutchen.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates player Andrew McCutchen hangs out with Sean.

  • Wish kid Sean gets ready to pitch from the mound.

  • Sean is excited to have lunch with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • Sean is a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates player Andrew McCutchen plays video games with Sean.

  • Wish kid Sean meets the Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle.

  • Sean is an honorary member of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • Sean is excited to meet Andrew McCutchen.

Ariya Meets Maya Moore

Thursday, July 23, 6 p.m. SportsCenter

  • Ariya feels like a Minnesota Lynx player for the day.

  • Ariya gets to meet Minnesota Lynx player Maya Moore.

  • Head coach Cheryl Reeve spends time with Ariya.

  • Wish kid Ariya hugs Minnesota Lynx player Maya Moore.

  • Ariya feels like a Minnesota Lynx player for the day.

  • Minnesota Lynx player Maya Moore sits on the bench with Ariya.

  • Ariya huddles with the team before the game.

  • Wish Kid Ariya and Minnesota Lynx player Maya Moore pose for pictures.

  • Minnesota Lynx player Maya Moore hangs out with Ariya.

  • Wish kid Ariya cheers on the Minnesota Lynx at the game.

  • Ariya spends time in the Minnesota Lynx locker room.

  • Wish kid Ariya enjoys spending time with Maya.

  • Ariya gets to meet Minnesota Lynx player Maya Moore.

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