When 8-year-old AJ heard he was getting a wish granted by Make-A-Wish®
Mid-Atlantic, he knew exactly what his one true wish would be. AJ wished to be a D.C. United player!
Despite having a heart transplant, AJ spends most of his time playing soccer with friends and family when he gets the chance. AJ’s family holds season tickets to D.C. United games, not to mention AJ remembers game statistics for all his favorite players on the team. AJ was thrilled to have the chance to meet and play with some of his favorite players up close!
AJ spent two days with the team, attending practice on one day and the game the following night. When AJ practiced with D.C. United, he raced some of the players on the field and his favorite player Wayne Rooney even tied his shoe for him! AJ’s only thought was, “I don’t ever want to wash my shoe!” On game day, AJ got to visit the tech box before the game and make his own announcements to the stadium. He also got to do the pre-game coin toss and sit on the bench with all the players. AJ’s wish was the perfect way to celebrate everything he has overcome since his heart transplant and to enjoy his favorite soccer team with his family.