Jeffrey, 11 years old, primarily wants what every other kid his age wants: pizza, sports, ice cream and a nap.
WBZ-TV anchor Jack Williams, who recently celebrated his 30th year supporting “Wednesday’s Child” in Boston, was on-hand alongside Jeffrey at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 8, to help try to fulfill Jeffrey’s biggest desire: to be adopted. Williams, who has assisted in placing more than 1,000 children in loving families since 1981, led Jeffrey through a special afternoon with the Revolution.
After meeting with front office executives, Jeffrey got an all-access tour of where the Revolution family calls home.
Just like any other kid, the little things excited him the most. In the media work room, with all of the lights and backdrops in place, he was fascinated with the vending machine selection.
Walking in to the Revs’ locker room, he had no qualms about marching up to Jay Heaps and excitedly asking about what other sports the new head coach liked to play.
Just when Jeffrey thought the tour was over after walking onto the field, his eyes lit up when he was surprised by Kevin Alston, Benny Feilhaber, Diego Fagundez, Shalrie Joseph and Clyde Simms – all waiting to meet him and present him with a team-signed ball and a new jersey.
Long after the players had left, Jeffrey stayed, determined. He had added mastering a dribbling move to his list of wants and practiced what he was taught by another big kid, Diego Fagundez, who is just five years older.
Jeffrey was on a much bigger playground than he was used to, but that certainly didn’t seem to faze him either.
Williams’ “Wednesday’s Child” segment with Jeffrey will air on WBZ-TV Boston during the 6 p.m. newscast tonight - Wednesday, February 8 - and a link will be available for on-demand viewing afterwards.
For more information on Jack Williams’ Wednesday’s Child program, click here.
For more information about the Massachusetts Adoption Education Resource Exchange, click here.