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What I Want to Be When I Grow Up: A Basketball Player

07/01/2019 11:19AM ● By Digital Media Director

Hunter S., age 6, dribbles down the court, passing the ball under his legs and behind his back. He has always loved playing basketball and wants to be a professional basketball player. Hunter lived his dream at the Sanford Pentagon with former professional basketball players Greg Stiemsma and Kirk Hinrich.

 Greg wrote a letter to himself in fifth grade that he would be a professional basketball player, but his teacher told him that his dream was unrealistic. Greg told Hunter the opposite.

“Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do it,” Greg said.

Hunter, who has brittle bone disease, stands 30” tall. Greg, who is 6’11”, sat down on the court to talk to Hunter face-to-face about being a professional basketball player. Greg encouraged Hunter to keep playing basketball and never give up.

Greg stood up to play basketball with Hunter. Hunter moved down the court, and with a lift from Greg, dunked the basketball. Hunter dangled from the rim, holding it with the same strength that he uses to hold on to his dream.

 Why do you want to be a Professional Basketball Player? 

            It’s fun to play basketball!

Do you have a favorite Basketball Player and Team? 

            Stephen Curry, The Golden State Warriors

What is your favorite position to play? 

            Point Guard

What was your favorite thing about meeting Greg and learning about being a Professional Basketball Player? 

            Dunking!