CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Maybe you remember 18-year-old Kurt Cherry? Last month we introduced you to this Charlotte teen who lives with autism... we showed you exclusive video of him getting surprised with his dream trip.
He’s now back from his whirlwind dream weekend to see his favorite football team play... a story you’ll also see only on WBTV.
To understand the meaning of the weekend, you have to first understand a little about Kurt. He’s a dynamic personality, always happy, but also dependent on others for many life skills. His best friend and primary caregiver is his older cousin. Charlotte-based charity Dream On 3 sent both of them on the VIP trip to Kurt’s favorite place in the world: The University of Alabama football field.
As with many kids who live with autism, you don’t always know why they become zeroed in on certain things. There’s no real reason why Kurt loves ‘Bama football and saying “Roll Tide,” but anyone who knows him knows he does. The joy this past weekend shined across Kurt’s face.
Dream On 3 had it set for Kurt to meet Coach Nick Saban before the game. When he approached, Kurt threw his arm around the iconic leader like they were old buddies.
During the game, Kurt sat with Tua Tagovailoa's grandmother and sister. Tua is the starting quarterback and Kurt's favorite player.
Alabama students loved Kurt, too. Kurt ended up in a parade – where he kept yelling “Roll Tide!” – and took pictures with almost every sorority on campus.
Rewind three weeks to when Kurt's friends and family – with the help of Dream On 3 – surprised him with this trip, in the office of Developmental Disabilities Resources, Inc. in Charlotte. It’s a place where Kurt goes for assistance, and where Kurt has become friends with all those who work with him. Back then, Kurt said he couldn't imagine the reality of what it'd be like to fast forward to now, with his sports dream coming true.
When asked at the end of the weekend what he thought he said, “Greatest weekend ever!”
**Dream On 3 surprises dozens of kids a year with custom-made sports dreams. Anchor Molly Grantham volunteers with them and is honored to relay these inspiring stories about real kids impacted by their goodness and efforts. Go to www.wbtv.com/DreamOn3 for more stories and information.