Wizards to sign 10-year-old point guard

Do you tink she can run pick and roll? (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The Washington Wizards will grant the wish of 10-year-old Amaris Jackson and sign her to a one-day contract Saturday.

In conjunction with the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Foundation, the Wizards will sign Jackson, a D.C. resident who is battling a rare kidney cancer called renal cell carcinoma, prior to Saturday’s home game against the Milwaukee Bucks.  In addition to taking part in the team’s pre-game shootaround and a individual workout with Wizards assistant coach Ryan Saunders, Jackson will lead the team onto the court for Saturday’s game and take part in various in-game activities.

The move comes a couple weeks after Wizards guard John Wall helped grant the wish of Damiyah Telemaque-Nelson, a little girl from Washington who is battling Burkitt’s lymphoma. The two sent a video request to Nicki Minaj in hopes of setting up a meeting with the rapper and wearing one of her pink wigs.

In February, the Philadelphia 76ers signed teenager Kevin Grow, who suffers from Down Syndrome, to a two-day contract.


Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.



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