Meet Rubens

Meet Rubens! This 13-year-old from Chapel Hill, NC is truly the heartbeat of his community. Rubens has an undeniable gift for finding joy everywhere! He never fails to live in a considerate, compassionate, and positive way.

This dreamer is a testament that our choices show who we truly are, far more than our abilities. This remarkable athlete chooses to challenge himself through learning new sports. Rubens jumps rope for the Bouncing Bulldogs and is a strong competitor in multiple events at the Special Olympics. With his amazing talent and go-getter mindset, Rubens doesn’t let anything stand in his way!

Although Rubens’ address reads “Chapel Hill,” his loyalty lies with the Duke Blue Devils! He has been selected as the upcoming Duke Collegiate Dream Team Dream Kid and these students are excited to support a fellow Blue Devil fan and help him achieve his sports dream!

Rubens's Dream

Rubens Duke Dream was a dream come true for any Blue Devil! The Duke Collegiate Dream Team created an incredible two-day experience for Rubens and his family that we know he will never forget. Not only was Rubens able to meet members of the Duke Football and Men’s Basketball Team, he went on a shopping spree in the Duke Team Store, enjoyed a Duke Lacrosse game, yummy meals, bowling, and stellar accommodations at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club.

Rubens was upgraded to courtside seats at the Duke vs. Louisville game and was even introduced on court during a TV timeout! He was met with nothing with cheers and applause and took off to high five the student section with tears in his eyes. Then, Rubens was surprised with a card from Coach Scheyer and his wife where they wrote that they were honored to have Rubens with them at the game…and they gifted him tickets to next year’s Duke vs UNC matchup!

The morning after the Dream Experience, Rubens mom sent Dream Leader Brad this text, “Good morning Brad. Hope you had a good drive back home last night. Thank you for an amazing weekend. We all had a great time. Rubens woke up this morning saying he misses everyone. Just only in two days, everyone became like family to us. Have a great day! Thank you for everything!”

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Thank you to our National Collegiate Dream Team Sponsor, Volvo Construction Equipment