TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 2019): Trista Barwick loves to play soccer, and has always had a passion for sports. Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses learned about her love of soccer, and granted her wish for new soccer gear by purchasing a generous gift card to Academy Sports + Outdoors for Trista to go on a spectacular shopping spree.
Not only did Trista get a gift card to purchase all the sporting equipment she could carry, but the Academy Sports manager acted as her own personal shopper to help her pick out the perfect items. On her shopping spree, Trista got a ton of new soccer outfits, some new running shoes, and a duffle bag she had been eyeing for quite a while. Academy sports also donated a 12-foot goal post so Trista could practice her soccer skills at home.
Trista suffers from a life-threatening illness, and her dream coming true gave her something positive to focus on. She had a blast during her relaxing, and stress free day of shopping. “This wish gave me something to look forward to. I was out all morning the day after putting up my new soccer goal post,” said Trista.
“It was our first opportunity to work with Academy Sports + Outdoors. We were happy to collaborate with them and we look forward to working with them again,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai.
Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children with life-threatening conditions and struggling with life-altering situations. KWN provides trip expenses, meals, accommodations and additional spending monies to all wish families whenever traveling as applicable. Visit www.kidswishnetwork.org to learn about our different programs, and find out how you can help make dreams come true and sponsor a wish for a deserving child.