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Atlanta Hawks sign 8-year-old boy with leukemia to one-day contract (photos)


In another installment of the kind of story that never gets old, the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday signed Georgia native Lake Bozman, an eight-year-old boy with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, to a one-day contract, per an official team release.

Bozman was the recipient of the honor as part of “Bert’s Big Adventure,” a non-profit organization that provides families with children suffering with chronic or terminal illness with a five-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Disney World.

Sadly, Bozman isn’t able to make the trip to the Magic Kingdom, so “Bert’s Big Adventure” and the Hawks teamed up to do something wonderful for the brave boy and his family as a replacement.

With the cooperation of the charitable organization and Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer and team CEO Steve Koonin, Bozman instead was treated to a VIP experience by the Atlanta NBA team.

The youngster was one of 14 kids selected for this year’s “Big Adventure” and traveled from his home in Kennesaw on Monday to the studios of “The Bert Show,” a nationally syndicated radio show, where he was informed of his upcoming Hawks experience.

Bozman and mom Anna, dad Travis, brother Trindon and sister Cambree received private transportation on Tuesday to Philips Arena where the youngster was signed to a one-day contract.

He also received an official team jersey, took in the team’s warm-ups before hosting the Phoenix Suns and toured the locker room before sitting in courtside seats for the game.

Even the in-arena blimp played a part in the boy’s memorable day.

Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins even asked the little guy for his autograph.

Making the day even better is the Hawks went out and throttled the Suns by a score of 96-69 in honor of their newest teammate.


[H/T Ball Don’t Lie]