March 1, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men's basketball team and Friar fan Tom Stone teamed together with A Wish Come True, Inc. to grant wishes for children at every home basketball game over the course of this season. All of the children were invited back to watch the men’s basketball team practice in Alumni Hall and have dinner with the squad on Mon,. Feb. 25.
Providence College Associate Athletics Director SteveNapolillo introduced Tom Stone to A Wish Come True through his volunteer experiences with the organization. Stone generously donated two of his court-side season tickets to wish children and their parents for every home men’s basketball game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The children attended the game, met the players and coaches post-game and received an autographed team photo.
On Mon., Feb. 25, the men’s basketball team invited all of the children and their parents to Alumni Hall to attend a VIP practice and dinner. After practice the children were able to talk and take photos with their favorite Friars and received all the players’ autographs. At the dinner, Head Coach Ed Cooley and the team offered the wish children tickets for the Friars’ next BIG EAST game against St. Johns on Sat., March 2, and each wish child received a framed, autographed picture as a gift from Tom Stone.
“Meeting the children and their families, and giving them the opportunity to meet our players was not only heart-warming, but inspirational,” Cooley said. “It was an honor and a privilege to work with an organization that has helped all of these children’s wishes come true.”
“Teaming up with A Wish Come True was a great honor as we got to meet amazing young children who put a smile on all of our faces,” Napolillo said. “We cannot thank Tom enough for his support and generosity in making this program possible. He has created memories and smiles for a lifetime.”
“The night was magical, with not only viewing the practice but then to receive a large picture taken of the wish child on the game day they attended and signed by all the players and framed professionally so that each child had a memento of the game,” A Wish Come True Director of Program Services, Beverly Molles, said. “Everyone at A Wish Come True is sincerely grateful to Coach Cooley, Steve Napolillo, Tom Stone and the entire Providence College Basketball team. Thank you!”
A Wish Come True, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 and is the oldest wish-granting organization in Rhode Island. They grant wishes to children ages 3 through 18 who have a life-threatening illness and live in Rhode Island & areas of southeastern Massachusetts. After granting 12 wishes in its first year, they have grown to grant between three and four wishes a month. For more information about the organization, visit www.awish.org.