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Having a ball: Boy gets Globetrotter tickets, via special delivery by player

Posted 2/20/19

Five-year-old Kyrie Peay received a special surprise last Wednesday.

Briana “Hoops” Green, guard with the Harlem Globetrotters, walked into his preschool classroom at Seven Sorrows of …

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Five-year-old Kyrie Peay received a special surprise last Wednesday.

Briana “Hoops” Green, guard with the Harlem Globetrotters, walked into his preschool classroom at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

With a basketball in one hand and a wide smile on her face, Green presented Kyrie with a Globetrotters’ jersey and tickets to their game Feb. 24 at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Kyrie was shy and stayed close to his mother, Carrie, for much of the event.

“But as soon as he warms up, he lights up a room,” Carrie noted after the event.

This isn’t the first time Kyrie has had the chance to meet a famous athlete. Kyrie made headlines in 2017 after he befriended Harrisburg Senators outfielder Zach Collier, bonding over baseball and their shared condition. 

After Kyrie was born, doctors discovered he had a hole between the two lower chambers of his heart, which is called ventricular septal defect. Kyrie continued to see doctors, and his doctors learned that his heart was also  enlarged, making it work harder to pump blood.

Kyrie ended up having surgery, and his grandmother Catherine said a couple of days after, he was back to his regular self.

“He’s incredibly strong. He has the biggest heart, ironically, that any 5-year-old should have,” Carrie said.

March marks the two year anniversary since Kyrie’s surgery.

Carrie started tearing up when asked about the anniversary.

“Life gets ahead of you. It’s two years out already, and he’s grown perfectly well. We haven’t had any problems whatsoever with him,” she said.

The Globetrotters donated tickets to the Peay family for Kyrie in the past. Catherine had called again to see if they could donate tickets. The Globetrotters called Catherine back, saying they could come to his school and give him the tickets and a Globetrotter jersey.

“That came out of left field for me,” Catherine said.

She called Carrie to check with the school.

“My mother-in-law has a way of making things happen that not every regular person usually does,” Carrie said.

Green signed autographs for Kyrie’s class and showed them how to do basketball tricks with the help of Middletown police officers. Green stayed after to talk to other Seven Sorrows students about teamwork and bullying as part of the Harlem Globetrotters’ T.E.A.M. Up at School program.

Green said it was great to meet Kyrie.

“You never want to hear about a kid going through that at a young age. … I think of it as maybe my younger brother. You never want anybody to have to go through that. I’m going to be praying for him every day,” Green said.

Kyrie likes basketball, in part because his father, Josiah, plays. He said Houston Rocket James Harden and Los Angeles Laker LeBron James are his favorites.

“Any time that you can do something special for your children to make them feel special is always an amazing thing,” Carrie said.