Dream On 3: Charlotte 12-year-old’s VIP trip to see New York Yankees

12-year-old gets dream of a lifetime
(Photos courtesy Grant Maginnis)
(Photos courtesy Grant Maginnis)
(Photos courtesy Grant Maginnis)
(Photos courtesy Grant Maginnis)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Twelve-year-old Tre Kirton is back in Charlotte after having his sports dream come true in VIP style.

"I'm speechless, running out of words right now," he said when he learned what was about to happen to him at a surprise party inside Shake Shack on Park Road. "This is nothing I could've ever imagined."

Charlotte-based charity "Dream On 3" had the restaurant packed with his friends and decorated with New York Yankees balloons. As Tre walked in, someone handed him a pinstripe jersey.

"We're sending you to New York," Dream On 3 yelled. "You and your mom and dad leave tomorrow!"

Dream On 3 has only been in Charlotte for five years. In that time it has made 75 custom, extensive sports dreams come true, and affected thousands of other kids in our area through smaller day-trips and mentorship.

"Definitely on a scale of one to ten, I'm on an eleven," Tre said through an open-mouthed smile. "Definitely. I'm an 11 out of ten."

Tre hasn't always felt so good. He's overcoming an auditory processing disorder and lives with epilepsy and seizures.

"With Tre getting sick, it has been a long year," said dad Albert Kirton. "This is the most wonderful thing that could happen to him. Well really, most wonderful thing that could happen to us as a family."

The next day, Tre and his mom and dad flew to New York, to see the skyline for the first time. They headed quickly to Yankee Stadium, watched batting practice from the field, picked up autographs and joked around with many of the players, including his favorite, outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.

Also, Tre wanted to see the Yankees War Room – the behind-the-scenes conference table and rooms where analysts and management meet.

Through his own Instagram videos, you could hear Tre's joy.

"THIS IS SUPER-DUPER AWESOME!" he posted at one point.

That night, the Yankees won.

So did Tre.

Despite medical challenges, this 12-year-old got a chance to stand on top of the world, with his family by his side.

"This has taken one of the saddest moments of our life and pretty tragic situation," his father said, "and now it's just, we're just so happy. We're so appreciative of what is being done for our family and other kids like our son as well. Thank you, Dream On 3."

WBTV is proud to work with Dream On 3 exclusively to tell stories about the impact the non-profit is making in Charlotte. Lots of new dreams are getting ready to roll out with the NFL season getting ready to start and we can't wait to show many of them to you.

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