Tamir doesn’t ask for much for himself.
In fact every time his social worker at school probed him for a wish list, he gave the same answer: a house for my family, a job for my mom, and happiness for my family.
One day, she said, “Tamir, you never tell me what you want for just for yourself. What’s your favorite thing in the whole world?” Immediately, his face lit up and he exclaimed, “Basketball!”
Well, that got his social worker thinking.
Her husband worked for Calvin Klein and she remembered that the company outfitted Amar’e Stoudemire, center/forward with the NY Knicks, with his suits. Just maybe her husband could arrange something special and unexpected for this boy who had spent over four months in FPE’s Congregational Shelter.
That day came to be when Tamir was presented with an Amar’e Stoudemire jersey and an autographed framed picture of the player. Although the jersey may be a bit large for him, we know he’ll wear it often.
And the picture? That will be hanging on his new bedroom wall.