Eric's Dream

Meet Eric

Meet Eric! This incredibly athletic and talented 13-year-old loves ALL sports – football, baseball, soccer, and especially basketball!

Eric lives with Down syndrome, but that doesn’t stop him from being an absolute Renaissance man when it comes to sports. He plays a little bit of everything and is well on his way to becoming a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

In addition to sports, Eric loves music, Black Panther, playing on his Xbox, his two older brothers, and board games. He has a zest for life, a sarcastic sense of humor, and a laugh that is contagious.

Previously, Eric has attended Victory Day, hosted by UNC Charlotte. At this event, his love of UNCC sports grew, especially after he made friends with the UNCC mascot, Norm!

Eric’s passion is basketball and he believes he can do anything! Eric’s ultimate sports Dream would be to be a VIP at a UNC Charlotte basketball game and thanks to the UNCC Dream Team, that Dream will be coming true!

Eric's Dream

A fancy limo, local news reporters, & the UNCC Collegiate Dream Team surprised Eric at his home to let him know his Dream was finally coming true! The epic send-off was followed with lunch at Johnny Roger’s BBQ & Burgers, who treated him with so much generosity. Owners, Barrett & Sara, took Eric to the kitchen where he was employed as a chef, and prepared several meals. He spent the rest of the day talking about how excited he was to go back to his “new job!”

After filling up on delicious hot dogs, the team headed to campus where they spent the afternoon playing competitive games of pool, foosball, and chess. Eric of course won every round, before the crew set off for bowling at Pins Mechanical Co., who kindly donated multiple lanes & tables to help make the day even more special. Arcade games, skeeball, ping pong, dome hockey…Eric played it all! He had such a blast hanging out and competing with the UNCC CDT and his best friends who surprised him to help celebrate his special weekend.

The team then headed to dinner at Bang Bang Burgers where Eric tried his first ever hamburger! His friends & family from all over joined and everyone spent the evening laughing & enjoying the end of a perfect day together. The night finished with an incredible surprise at their hotel where Eric’s room was fully decorated with tons of goodies and gifts from UNCC and the captains of the UNCC CDT! After saying goodnight, everyone rested up for the eventful day two.

Day two of Eric’s UNC Charlotte Dream was a slam dunk!

The day started with an epic surprise when Eric’s limo took him to Jerry Richardson Stadium, home of Charlotte 49ers Football. The team met up with some of the football staff who guided Eric on his very own tour of the facility. From the team room, to coaches offices, Eric enjoyed every second! He even got to try on some gear, and have a full photoshoot!

Once he was geared up, it was time to head down on the field to fulfill his dream of scoring a touchdown. Eric took down Charlotte Football player, Jordan Moko, before running into the end zone! Eric ended his time on the field with kicking & scoring a field goal. The Charlotte 49ers Football staff lead the crew into the weight room where Eric showed off his Taekwondo skills on the punching bag.

After a quick lunch, it was time to head to Halton Arena, where Eric got the opportunity to go on the court and shoot around during warmups. The UNCC Goldmine crowd cheered him on with every shot and even let him lead the infamous 49ers chant! Once it was time for tip-off, the crew enjoyed the Charlotte 49ers game from their VIP seats. During the second period, Eric was lead down onto the court to participate in his very own timeout cup shuffle game, where he chose winning number #3, his favorite number due to Dream On 3, and won the game! The crowd went wild and he beamed with joy.

As the basketball game ended, Eric met a few of the players before heading to dinner at a local Mexican restaurant, his favorite! The evening closed with spending quality time laughing and enjoying each others company whilst talking about the incredible day he had. Despite the basketball game not having the outcome he hoped for, Eric was filled with so much love and excitement from such an amazing weekend.

Way to go UNCC Dream Team!

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