Thursday, May 22, 2014

Schwartzman Makes Wish Come True

Kyle and Jesse hanging out before the game

If you counted carefully, you might have noticed an extra body on the Denver Outlaws bench this past Saturday night when the team beat the Rochester Rattlers 14-8.

Twelve year-old Kyle Norton joined the team for the weekend as an honorary Outlaw, thanks to a partnership between the New York and Colorado chapters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Kyle has Cystic Fibrosis with complications, and his wish was to be able to meet Denver Outlaws goalie Jesse Schwartzman.

While the original plan was for the two to meet in New York when the Outlaws are there in August for a road trip, the Make-A-Wish Foundation felt that Kyle’s wish experience would be even more memorable and special if he could fly out to Denver to meet Jesse and spend time with the Outlaws.

The 2013 MLL Goalie of the Year hosted Kyle at Outlaws practice Friday night, where Kyle was able to play catch with the team, watch practice, and broke down the team huddle.

Prior to Saturday’s game, Kyle spent pregame with the team in the locker room before joining the team on the sideline and watching the game with the players and coaches alongside the playing field. Kyle finished the evening by having an ice cream party with Jesse and his Outlaws teammates in their locker room.

The Denver Outlaws would like to thank the Make-A-Wish Foundation for making this special experience happen, and especially want to thank Kyle for coming to Denver to spend time with the team. It was clear that the entire team and Outlaws family was touched by Kyle’s spirit and presence this weekend. We are lucky to have Kyle as an Outlaws fan, and even luckier to have him as a member of the Denver Outlaws family.

Kyle, checking out his locker complete with personalized nameplate and jersey

Kyle checking out his VIP credential

Kyle hangs out in the locker room while Anthony Kelly tapes his stick

Kyle gets a fist bump from Ken Clausen

Kyle and Jesse play catch at Outlaws practice
Kyle and Jesse at practice

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