Meet Colburn

Meet Colburn, from Durham, NC – a nine year who is the life of the party no matter where he goes. He is courageous and has overcome so many obstacles in his life already. He loves Mario Party and spaghetti almost as much as he loves Tar Heel Basketball!

Although Colburn has a bigger than life personality, other kids tend to have a hard time understanding him and don’t always accept or play with him. This has affected his ability to form relationships with typical children. While this has always been hard, Colburn just wants to “be treated like the others,” and he never lets it stop him from having fun!

Colburn has his struggles, but there are many things he loves doing. He loves to read, dance, watch YouTube, and play basketball. He currently plays with a buddy he’s paired with and loves to put on the uniform. He has a great support system at home with mom and dad along with three sisters, who encourage him relentlessly.

This elementary schooler has shown us how to persevere through life’s trials and not to take anything too seriously. If only we could all treat life like Colburn does.

The UNC Collegiate Dream Team cannot wait to make his UNC Chapel Hill Men’s Basketball Dream come true!

Colburn's Dream

After Colburn’s epic send off at Southwest Elementary school that included the UNC Dream Team and Colburn’s entire school, it was time to head to Chapel Hill! We checked into the Graduate Chapel Hill and Colburn was so excited to see there was a basketball court right outside his room . There was time to shoot a few hoops to get warmed up before heading down to the Dean Dome!

First, Colburn went on a private tour of the Dean Dome. From Coach Davis’s office to the locker room to the famous Jordan wall, he got to see everything. Then it was time to watch the team practice! He was locked in the entire time. The best part was when it was finally time for him to hit the court! He shot hoops with the team and even taught them some new dance moves! Colburn also got some one on one time with his favorite player, Armando Bacot. Then it was off to 411 West Italian Cafe to enjoy Colburn’s favorite meal, pizza and ice cream!

The next day was definitely a great day to be a Tar Heel for Dream Kid Colburn! We started off the morning with a quick shopping spree at Johnny T-shirt: The Carolina Store! Colburn loved getting to pick out some new Carolina gear to rock to the game. Then it was off to the Dean Dome to watch UNC Basketball take on Syracuse.

Thanks to the team, we had the best seats! Colburn even got to meet the legendary coach, Roy Williams. He had so much fun cheering on the team and even made it on the big screen with his awesome dance moves! When the final buzzer sounded, Colburn and his family were given the opportunity to head into the locker room to celebrate with the team. Coach Davis pulled Colburn into the middle of the room and let him lead the team in a victory dance party!

The night ended at dinner with the UNC Collegiate Dream Team at Carolina Brewery.! Colburn had so much fun getting to celebrate the Tar Heel victory with everyone. It was the perfect way to end an amazing Dream weekend!

We have to give a big thank you to Coach Davis, the Carolina basketball staff, and the players for the experience they gave Colburn this weekend! Success is not just about skill, but culture as well. Coach Davis has created a wonderful culture that shines through his players and was evident in every interaction they had with Colburn. It was an experience that he will remember forever.

Thank you to our National CDT Sponsor, Volvo Construction Equipment North America, and the UNC Collegiate Dream Team!

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