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Press Release: Mountaineers to Sign Secret Weapon Via Make-A-Wish

Morgantown, W.Va., February17, 2015Catch the first glance of WVU’s newest, hot-shot from Middlebourne, West Virginia. Five-year-old Nicholas, diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, has wished to be a Mountaineer basketball player. On February 24th, he will be joining this talented team to tear up the court against the Texas Longhorns at 7 p.m.

Nicholas’ official duties as a Mountaineer begin at 1 p.m., with a tour of his new digs, followed by a shoot-around with his new teammates and a press conference at 3 p.m., to reveal some exciting news. Press are invited to join the festivities beginning at 1 p.m.

For more information regarding Nicholas’s wish, please contact Regional Manager, Leandra Hickman at (304) 292-5600 or WVU’s Athletic Communications Director, Bryan Messerly at (304) 293-2821.

The most common misconception about Make-A-Wish is that we only provide wishes for dying children. To the contrary, we fulfill wishes for children living with life-threatening medical conditions and believe that a wish experience fills our families with hope, strength and joy.

Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children, aged 2 ½ to 18, with life-threatening medical conditions. Currently, the local chapter is one of the most active in the country, having fulfilled more than 16,000 wishes. For more information, please call Make-A-Wish at (800) 676-9474 or visit its Web site at

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