On an unusually warm Saturday featuring a brilliant blue sky, Army's final home game would determine whether the team would still be eligible for a bowl game. Facing Morgan State from Maryland, Army would need to win in order to remain eligible for a bowl game. As the team prepared to take the field for the last game of the season in Michie Stadium, Make-A-Wish joined the celebratory atmosphere with Caleb and Stefano serving as Honorary Captains for the game.
Stefano and his family experienced a wonderful trip to Walt Disney World for his wish. He had never attended a football game and he watched this first game as a Honorary Captain! Caleb's wish has not been granted yet but as an avid sports fan, he was looking forward to being on the field for the coin toss. After the introduction on the Jumbotron, Caleb and Stefano received instructions for the detailed schedule leading up to the coin toss.
Upon moving to the 50-yard line, Stefano and Caleb met with the referees to discuss when they would walk to center field for the coin toss. Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen, Jr. (Superintendent) then welcomed the Honorary Captains before the playing of the National Anthem. With fantastic weather conditions, six paratroopers jumped to deliver the game ball. As seniors, the paratroopers jumped for their final home football game and stopped to meet Caleb and Stefano before exiting the field.
With just a few minutes now remaining until the coin toss, Stefano and Caleb met the Army captains and walked to center field with the referees! After a successful coin toss, Caleb and Stefano received coins of excellence from Athletic Director Boo Corrigan. Caleb said that being a honorary captain was a fun experience and Stefano's beaming smile reflected his fun as well. The excitement continued as Army scored early and often. While celebrating 30 Years of Wishes, the Honorary Captains were also able to celebrate Army remaining eligible for a bowl game. Now the team will have to beat Navy and Stefano was wearing a Beat Navy shirt, so the odds will be in Army's favor!
Special thanks to West Point for providing these amazing enhancement experiences for our wish kids and to Volunteer Marie Lenart for escorting the family and for the great photos!
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