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Alex Ovechkin among stars involved in Sportscenter’s “My Wish” segments

Jul 14, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT


There are a lot of great opportunities that come with being a superstar like Alex Ovechkin. Making a charitable impact – particularly on children – might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but plenty of athletes do just that. ESPN’s Sportscenter has been running a “My Wish” segment which follows sports stars working with the “Make a Wish” foundation for seven years now and Ovechkin will be featured in one this week.

Ovechkin spent two days with 16-year-old Sam Jacobson, a boy from Idaho who is playing on his high school hockey team despite battling lymphoma. The segment includes a moment when Jacobson got to skate with the Capitals during a March 7 practice and will first air on Thursday, July 20 at 3 p.m. ET.

Here’s a summary from the Capitals’ press release.

Ovechkin spent two days with Sam Jacobson, 16, including after a Capitals practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday, March 7. Jacobson who played on his high school hockey team despite recovering from lymphoma, had his most heartfelt wish come true as he met his hockey idol Ovechkin and skated with him after practice on March 7, 2012, through the Make-A-Wish®. Sam began the day by taking a tour of the practice facility and Caps’ locker room. Inside the players’ locker room, he had his own stall, stocked with hockey equipment donated by Bauer. After he suited up, he ended the day by skating with Ovechkin, Karl Alzner, Jason Chimera and other players following their practice. In addition, Sam attended two Capitals home games and spent some time with Ovechkin following the games in the Capitals locker room.

That’s fantastic, isn’t it?

ESPN reports that 41 athletes will be included in this year’s segments. Lebron James, Kyle Busch, DeSean Jackson, Rory McIlroy, Mark Sanchez and Ovechkin will be featured in this week’s segments. You can check out a video promo here.

(Main photo via ESPN Images.)

  1. wethog66 - Jul 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Cool stuff. Never get tired of reading about the good side of professional sports.

  2. eyeh8goodell - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Very cool.

  3. ravenscaps48 - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    I love it when Athletes can do this and put a smile on a kid’s face that has absolutely nothing to smile about…. Keep Going, Sam!

  4. killerpgh - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Good to see this kind of stuff. I just wish it had nothing to do with ESPN.

  5. bmoreredfury311 - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Say what you will about Ovi but one thing that guy does is give back to the community and i would hope any athlete no matter what sport would do the same. It is a great role model for kids, to see no matter how much fame you have its great to remember where you came from and to give back. I was at that March 8th game against the Bolts, when Orlov feed Ovi, for the game winner in OT. Sam saw a great game! hope the kid is still playing and healthy.

  6. sjsharks66 - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Rite on. Love hearing about things like this. Good thing for athletes to do!

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