Idaho Stampede grants boy's wish

Idaho Stampede grants boy's wish

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by Maggie O'Mara

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Idaho's NewsChannel 7

Posted on February 28, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 28 at 6:00 PM

BOISE -- A dream came true for a Lake Hazel Middle School student with a heart condition.

We introduced you to Seven's Hero Justin Rogien earlier this month.  He got the go ahead from his doctors to play on his 8th grade basketball team, but an even bigger dream came true when the Idaho Stampede invited him to be part of the team.

Randy Livingston, head coach of the Idaho Stampede, made an impromptu visit to Justin's school.

"How would you like to be a member of the Idaho Stampede?" Randy Livingston asked Justin.

"I might play for them this year," replied Justin.

"Yeah, you can play for us," said Livingston.  "We have a few things for you, a warm up, a basketball and a hat."

Justin got the chance to toss the ball around with some star players.

"This is awesome, he's just so thrilled to be able to get a dream come true," said Justin's mother, Fran Rogien.

The Stampede then invited Justin to take part in the team's shoot around at Qwest Arena.

"Anytime, we can give back to the community it's a great win-win situation for the team," said Livingston.

Later, Justin even got to suit up, and warm up with the team before an actual game.

He felt like a part of the team.

"It'll be a memory he can remember forever," said Livingston.

If you have an idea for a Seven's Hero, e-mail Maggie O'Mara and let her know about it.
 

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