Grizzlies draft 8-year-old fan with cerebral palsy
DEC 30, 2013 10:07p ET
When Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley delivered a team uniform to Charvis Brewer, it became real: The 8-year-old Grizzlies fan was an official member of his favorite team. Brewer was drafted by the Memphis franchise on Sunday -- technically becoming the youngest player ever drafted into the NBA -- through the Make-A-Wish foundation.
Brewer, who has cerebral palsy and was referred to the franchise through Make-A-Wish's Mid-South branch based in Memphis, was at the center of a celebration once the news broke at a team luncheon, one complete with a press conference, a contract signing and a team practice. Accompanied by his mother, Colissa Brewer, the event triggered the expected reaction (via Today):
"It brought tears to my eyes," Colissa Brewer said of the Grizzlies' welcoming gesture. "I never imagined he would get a chance to do something like that."
Wearing the No. 11 jersey of Conley, his favorite player, Brewer was given a tour of the locker room and has already made himself known amongst the organization's biggest stars, including Zach Randolph, a player well-known for his outreach around the Memphis area and one who received the Kia Community Assist Award earlier this year.
The team's newest player did not seem too intimidated by the height advantage held by his new teammates:
According to the Grizzlies' website, Brewer was active for his first NBA game on Monday versus the Chicago Bulls, wearing uniform No. 8. It was to be just the second game he'd ever attended. However, the Grizz lost 95-91. No doubt Brewer will have some more tips for his team this week.