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SteelersWoman
05-31-2008, 04:30 PM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_570122.html

By Scott Brown (sbrown@tribweb.com)
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, May 30, 2008


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With a black playbook in his hand and a perturbed look on his face, Roethlisberger said to his newest teammate, "Hey, what's going on here? We don't have time for this. We have practice. Are you ready to practice?"


"Let's go," Havens said with a smile.

It was one of the highlights in a day filled with them for Havens, who since a car wreck at age 7 has been a quadriplegic and has experienced kidney failure.

The Steelers teamed up with the Make-A-Wish-Foundation to fulfill Havens' dream of being a member of the Black and Gold. His activities included a videogame session with Roethlisberger, lunch with the players and a touchdown he will never forget.

Havens' day with the team will air in late June or early July as part of ESPN's "My Wish" series.


"The smile on (Havens') face is so amazing," Roethlisberger said.
"To think his one wish is to come hang out with us is touching, because so many days we don't want to be here, and he wants to be here. It puts things in perspective. It's just awesome to be able to help him out."

Havens lives in the Atlanta suburb of Flowery Branch, but he is originally from Wheeling, W.Va., and is a lifelong Steelers fan.


The Steelers introduced Havens as the newest member of the team yesterday morning. Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert opened a news conference by saying negotiations with Havens' agent, his 7-year-old brother James, had been tough, but that the two sides had agreed to a deal.


Team chairman Dan Rooney presented Havens with an authentic Steelers jersey with No. 1 and his name on the back.

Havens, who will be a freshman in high school in the fall, proved to be quotable during a question-and-answer session. When asked what he would tell his new teammates, Havens, who gets around in a wheelchair and labored to speak at times, said, "I've got one little piece of advice: Let's try and make it an even number of Super Bowl wins."


A couple of hours later, he probably felt like he had won the Steelers' sixth Super Bowl.


At the end of the Steelers' final OTA (organized team activity) practice of the week, the coaches called Havens' number during an 11-on-11 drill.

Given the ball at the 10-yard line, he wheeled his way to the end zone behind the blocking of fullback Carey Davis, scoring a touchdown that meant nothing yet everything.


"We see how fortunate we are," cornerback Deshea Townsend said, "and how people look up to what we do. It's just great that he wants to be around us. For us just to offer a little bit of our time to say hello to him ..."
The smile Havens wore as proudly as his Steelers jersey showed just how much it meant to him.



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Things like this are so touching...

SteelerBee43
05-31-2008, 04:47 PM
Thats really nice,thanks for sharing....:clap:

Stlrs4Life
05-31-2008, 10:08 PM
How cool, God Bless that kid. Glad he got to do somehting like that.

BlitzburghRockCity
06-01-2008, 12:15 AM
Makes you proud to be a Steelers fan to see the team give back to a young kid who looks up to them so much...even more it makes you feel good to know there are still decent people in this world that care about others.

steelcitysfinestXL
06-01-2008, 12:18 AM
Living in Pittsburgh, i've been able to see alot of video covrage of this and i have to say it makes you proud to root for these guys. I know most all pr atheletes do these types of things, but its still nice to see your team make a deserving kid smile!!!

steelersgal86
06-01-2008, 09:32 AM
wow, that is awesome...thanks for sharing:yellowthumb:

JensK
06-01-2008, 09:39 AM
I hope the kid had a wonderful day! :) Thanks for sharing!

floodcitygirl
06-01-2008, 10:49 AM
Really great story. Thanks.

okiesteeler
06-01-2008, 10:50 AM
would the believe it and do this for me? It would make my day also

Iron City South
06-01-2008, 11:13 AM
At the end of the Steelers' final OTA (organized team activity) practice of the week, the coaches called Havens' number during an 11-on-11 drill.

Given the ball at the 10-yard line, he wheeled his way to the end zone behind the blocking of fullback Carey Davis, scoring a touchdown that meant nothing yet everything.



Good stuff right there. :yellowthumb:

Makes me even more proud to be a fan of this organization. :tt02:

BlackGold4vr
06-01-2008, 11:57 AM
The "Make-A-Wish-Foundation" is truly one of the organizations that makes you proud to be a part of the human race! They continue to set the bar high when it comes to the things they accomplish with bringing dreams to terminally ill children. Also gotta give props to the professional athletes that participate in this program and give their time to these children. I once worked with a guy whose brother had lukemia and through the "make-a wish" foundation had a visit from Mark Martin (the nascar driver for those of you who might not know who he is) and Martin spent the ENTIRE day with their family. :yellowthumb:

:clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:

seth_westover
06-01-2008, 03:27 PM
I always love to see stories like this! But it makes you proud when its a team you root for that makes a child's dream come true! God bless that kid and his family! I'm glad he got to experience something that he will remember for the rest of his life!

Steel58
06-02-2008, 09:17 AM
Read the article and it was awesome!!:yellowthumb:

Steel58
06-04-2008, 09:59 AM
Class organization:greenbounce2::cope::tt02: