Chris Hegardt's effort to play on
Spectators saw his soccer skills. They also noticed when something went wrong.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation got Lionel Messi in the flesh. They got him to come out of his Barcelona cocoon in November and kick a soccer ball with 12 children, many of whom had been near death. Messi was led out to a tree-lined field, where each kid would get to dribble alongside him and perhaps share a precious word or two.
One of them didn't speak any Spanish. He was a 10-year-old American boy who, surprisingly, was the smoothest player of all the children. The ball was an extension of ...
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