For the last two years the Phoenix Suns have brought special needs children to the NBA Draft Lottery, this year former Kentucky guard and current Suns star, Devin Booker was accompanied to the lottery by Noah Smith. Adi Joseph, For the Win, gives us a behind the scenes look at Noah’s special day in the Big Apple.
Noah, an 11 year-old Special Olympian, has been a fan of the Suns and Booker since he was drafted to the team in 2015.
Booker, Noah, both of their brothers, and a few Suns staff members had quite a day in New York City playing basketball, eating pizza, and visiting the One World Observatory.
A real connection was quickly formed between Noah and Booker as the two have more in common than Booker expected. Noah suffered from a similar Micro-deletion syndrome that Booker’s younger sister Mya Powell also suffered from.
“I know how important it is to the families,” Booker said. “I know my mom would do anything to make my sister smile, anything to make her happy. So in my role as a brother, I try to make her happy. So for this to be a good experience for him, to see him smiling, it’s really relatable. And it’s easy to deal with. They have the same disorder, so it’s very similar, and I’m very comfortable with it all.”
Booker knows the influence that he can have as the celebrity that he is and plans to continue giving back to the community in the best way he knows how.
“I wish I could do this with every single kid in Phoenix.”
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