University High grants kids' wishes

Friday, December 21, 2012 - 3:34pm

For the third year in a row, the University High School soccer team, along with the JROTC program, come together to grant younger kids' Christmas wishes.

Mike Chapman has been University High’s soccer coach for the past 20 years.

Three years ago he helped start the school’s version of a Make-a-Wish program.

“We ask kids in our sector- Our four elementary schools, our four middle schools and our high school, for the kids to write essays about what they want for Christmas and why. And then we make their wishes come true," said Chapman.

He’s seen the community rally behind the project.

Chapman said, "We made 42 wishes the first year. We made 45 last year. And this year we’re up to 75 wishes.”

So what are some of the things students ask for?

Kids of this age ask for fun games and toys, right?

Well, you’d be surprised.

Amorye Phillips wrote a winning letter on how she wanted blankets to keep her family warm theis Christmas.

Her stepfather, Xavier Law, said he’s proud of his little girl and that she deserves the attention.

“She’s amazing. Always kind hearted. That’s just how she is. I mean, it’s not about toys and clothes and stuff, it’s about making her family happy," said Law.

Coach Chapman says it’s interesting. The more you give, the more you get.

“It makes our day too," said Chapman. "To be able to see these kids facial expressions when they’re all excited that they’re going to have a Christmas- It is one of the happiest days for us in the entire school year. When we are able to give them their presents and be able to see their expressions about how happy they are to receive some presents. it feels good."

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