And now for a heartwarming story on this cloudy Christmas Eve.
Fourteen-year-old Kaitlan McLaughlin and her mother recently traveled to Vancouver, Washington for her grandfather’s funeral. Kaitlan and her family live in Clarksville, Tennessee, where Kaitlan plays basketball for New Providence Middle School. She and her dad watch every Kentucky game together, and are particular fans of Anthony Davis. While making travel arrangements, Kaitlan’s mother DeAnne noticed that the Portland Trailblazers were playing the New Orleans Hornets, so she bought tickets for her daughter and brother as a way for the family to “wind down” from the emotional trip. Knowing her daughter’s love for Hornets star Anthony Davis, DeAnne went a step further and emailed the team to see if she could arrange a meeting between the two:
To Whom It May Concern,
My name is Deanna McLaughlin I live in Clarksville Tennessee. I am writing today to make a special request. My 14 year old daughter and her Dad are huge University of Kentucky Basketball fans. My daughter, Kaitlan, and I are traveling to Vancouver Washington on Friday to attend the funeral of my Dad who was a Vietnam Vet. Since we were going to be in the Portland area I purchased tickets to attend the Portland Trailblazers game on Sunday December 16th. Kaitlan plays basketball and has never been to a professional basketball game. When I told my daughter about the game and that it was Portland vs. New Orleans she said, “Mom, New Orleans, really? Anthony Davis plays for New Orleans”. Needless to say she is extremely excited to attend the game. I was wondering if there was any way that she could meet Anthony Davis at the Portland game on Sunday? We will be attending the game with my brother and niece.
Thanks in advance for your consideration.
The Hornets responded and said they would have passes for Kaitlan to meet Anthony after the game. DeAnne managed to keep the postgame photo-op a secret from Kaitlan until the very end of the game. They met with a team representative, who took them to the locker room, where Kaitlan was finally face to face with her idol:
“We watched all of the players leave the locker room and that’s when I saw Anthony”, Kaitlan said. “He came over to us and I didn’t know what to say. My dad had reminded me of his Kentucky teammates, his coach and everything so I could say something to him when we met, but I was speechless. I couldn’t say anything. I WAS STANDING WITH ANTHONY DAVIS!”
How many of us would be the same way?