Tony Hawk featured on ESPN SportsCenter 'My Wish' segment this Tuesday
Jamarkus Poole wished he could meet legendary pro skateboarder Tony Hawk.
The 12-year-old, who is afflicted with cystic fibrosis, got more than he wished for last month thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He and his family enjoyed a private boarding exhibition by Hawk and six other pro skateboarders at Hawk's private skatepark at his San Diego-area headquarters.
This was a special day for Jamarkus. He and Tony also spent some time skating on the ramps together and just hanging out.
“Jamarkus really isn’t an emotional guy and he’s kind of shy, but he really opened up with Tony during the wish," said Angel Shakleford, Jamarkus' mother. "It really was a special day for him and our family.”
Their visit will appear as an episode of this year's SportsCenter "My Wish" series, scheduled to be broadcast Tuesday at 3 p.m. PDT and again at 8 p.m.
"My Wish" is a collaborative effort between the Make-A-Wish Foundation, ESPN SportsCenter and the Walt Disney Co. and profiles the experiences of children with life-threatening medical conditions as their sports-related wishes are granted.
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: Jamarkus Poole and Tony Hawk skateboard together. Credit: K.C. Alfred / ESPN