Students Get Royal
Treatment From Eagles
It’s not every day that you and 13 of your closest friends get picked up at school by a limo, and then get transported in style to Alico Arena on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University, where you get the red carpet treatment from cheering sorority girls and fraternity guys awaiting your arrival.
But that was just the beginning of the dream for 13-year-old Patrick Chester, a special needs child from Buckingham Exceptional Student Center in Fort Myers.
Patrick, also known as “Coach,” says he wants to play for FGCU someday, and today he and his friends got a chance to tour Alico Arena, eat lunch with the players and then take part in a little Dunk City with the Eagles.
Patrick’s dream became a reality thanks to Andy Delgado, who’s the philanthropy chairman for FGCU’s Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Andy met Patrick last year and Coach told him he wanted to play for the Eagles when he grew up, so Andy made it happen.
It was hard to tell who was having a better time: the kids or the players, who were impressed with Patrick’s skills.