With 50 sports-themed wishes fulfilled since the series began in 2006, the ESPN “My Wish” series has returned to SportsCenter for its 10th year.
This year’s series of five wishes features United States Champion John Cena, who has granted more than 450 wishes and counting with Make-A-Wish, as well as one of the NFL’s most storied teams, a record-setting U.S. Olympian and an MLB National League MVP as they fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Working together with Make-A-Wish, ESPN produces feature segments on the wishes for airing at 6 p.m. ET on SportsCenter Monday-Thursday, July 20-24, with a one-hour special featuring highlights of all five wishes airing Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
As he has done since the beginning of the series, Chris Connelly will host the “My Wish” series on SportsCenter, including a series compilation airing in the morning edition of the program on Saturday, July 25.
The five ESPN “My Wish” on SportsCenter segments for 2015 include:
- Tuesday, July 21 (6 p.m.) — WWE Superstar John Cena: Seven-year-old Kenneth “KJ” Harmon of Orlando, Fla., is battling end stage renal disease. He heads to Washington, D.C., to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of WWE from Cena.
- Sunday, July 19 (11 p.m. SportsCenter) — San Francisco 49ers: Anthony Pineda, a 14-year-old from San Bernardino, Calif., who has been battling leukemia, wants to spend time with the 49ers and get a jersey signed for his father figure who recently died after a sudden illness.
- Monday, July 20 (6 p.m.) — Michael Phelps: Sixteen-year-old Hailey Cannaday of Clintonville, Ohio, hasn’t let osteosarcoma affect her dreams of swimming in college. With her Olympic idol, she gets a tour of the U.S. training facility and makes a splash in the pool.
- Wednesday, July 22 (6 p.m.) — Andrew McCutchen: Sean Campbell, 10, of Leonardtown, Md., born with a serious heart defect, gets to spend time with his favorite Pittsburgh Pirates player.
- Thursday, July 23 (6 p.m.) — Maya Moore: Even suffering from Lupus with life-threatening complications hasn’t quelled the dreams of 14-year-old Ariya Smith of Thornton, Colo., who hopes to someday play in the WNBA. She’s gets one-on-one practice time with the Minnesota Lynx star and is a guest of honor at the team’s home game.
All features will re-air multiple times on other editions of SportsCenter. Disney, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, including ESPN, has supported Make-A-Wish for three decades.
Stay tuned to WWECommunity.com for complete coverage of Cena’s wish with KJ on ESPN SportsCenter's “My Wish.”