It was not an ordinary day for Tyler when the Miami native’s wish to become a Miami HEAT broadcaster came true. As a huge HEAT fan, he usually watches the games on Sun Sports, but this time he got to experience everything in real life. During his wish, Tyler got to see how the players get ready for a game and all the logistics it takes to put a game on the air.
Prior to tipoff, Tyler watched courtside as players warmed up. He then went behind the scenes with the Sun Sports production team and met broadcasters Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino. He learned the ropes on what their jobs are and how they prepare for games. He also sat in on HEAT Coach Erik Spoelstra’s pre-game press conference. Then his shining moment came true – he participated in the game broadcast during the 2nd quarter. During the game, he also visited the production truck and took part in the halftime studio show. After the buzzer, Tyler conducted the traditional “walk-off” interview with NBA MVP LeBron James.
That wasn’t all. While doing post-game coverage with broadcaster Jason Jackson in the Sun Sports studio, Tyler met his hero, HEAT Guard Dwyane Wade. His face lit up! D-Wade took pictures with Tyler’s family and presented him with an autographed jersey and sneakers. Tyler met several other players during his wish and got a tour of the HEAT locker room with Wade. It was a night to remember!
His mother said, “I don’t see anything topping this. It’s just great.”
Wish Granters: Candace DeLauro & Debbie Friedman
Referred by: Charlamae Brooks, his mother
Wish adopted by: Robert Press, TCA Fund Management Group