Wizards to Sign 10-Year-Old Point Guard

Posted on April 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Wizards have partnered with Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic to help grant the wish of 10-year-old Wizards fan Amaris Jackson.  Amaris, who is battling renal cell carcinoma and will undergo surgery in the near future to remove a tumor in her lungs, will be signed by the team for this weekend’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, April 12.  Amaris, who is point guard on her school’s basketball team, is from Washington, DC.

Amaris will join Coach Randy Wittman and the entire team for the pregame shootaround followed by a personalized basketball workout with assistant coach Ryan Saunders. Later that evening, she will join Monumental Sports & Entertainment majority owner, chairman and CEO Ted Leonsis and Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld for the signing of a one-day contract. Amaris will lead the team onto the court prior to the game against the Milwaukee Bucks and will take part in various in-game activities throughout the night.

Media interested in covering the event need to RSVP to kcolimon@monumentalsports.com by 5 pm on Friday, April 11.

About Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic

Founded in 1983, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic has granted the wishes of nearly 8,000 local children fighting life-threatening medical conditions such as cancer, pediatric AIDS, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Duchene’s muscular dystrophy, kidney and heart disease. The Mid-Atlantic chapter serves children who reside in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and northern Virginia (the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William; and the independent cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park). To learn more, visit www.midatlantic.wish.org

About The Washington Wizards

The NBA’s Washington Wizards are owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. The company also owns and operates the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and Verizon Center, the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex– the training facility for the Washington Capitals and the Patriot Center arena at George Mason University.


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