Boy With SMA Gets Tickets for Panthers Playoff Game
Jack Bolton is a 12-year-old Carolina Panthers super fan. He’s such a big fan that his parents arranged for Jack to be the team’s coach for a day back in 2013 (with some help from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, of course).
ESPN reported that Jack was born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic condition that causes muscles to deteriorate with age, confining patients to a wheelchair. Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Panthers invited Jack to be an assistant coach for a day and while he was there, he touched the hearts of all of the players. He stayed in touch with the team and sent them a poster last season with “Coach Jack Says I’m Watching You” printed on it. The poster now hangs on the locker room door to help motivate the team to go out each game and do the best they can for the young boy.
When defensive tackle Kyle Love found that he had a spare pair of tickets for a 2016 playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals, he knew right away who he wanted to give them to: Coach Jack. Even though Love wasn’t playing for the Panthers when Jack first visited the team, he now draws inspiration from the sign that hangs on the locker room door.
Coach Jack clearly worked his magic from the stands as the Panthers romped home to victory beating the Cardinals 49-15. Sadly for Jack, they went on to lose the Super Bowl to the Denver Broncos.
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