Happy Birthday Colin: hockey contract with K-Wings for schoolboy who told his mother he has no friends
Colin's received over 70,000 letters after his mother set up a secret birthday Facebook page for him
A schoolboy from the US state of Michigan who told his mother he did not want a birthday party because he had no friends, has signed a one-day contract to play with a professional hockey team.
The chance came after 11-year-old Colin’s mother Jennifer set up a secret Facebook page for him to encourage people across the world to wish him a happy birthday, which quickly went viral.
Colin has a sensory processing disorder similar to Asperger's syndrome, which affects his social skills and has made it difficult for him to maintain friendships at school.
But unbeknown to Colin, 2.1 million people had liked the ‘Happy Birthday Colin’ Facebook page, from which Jennifer had secretly received 78,000 letters. Gifts are still arriving at P.O. boxes his family set up for the cause, according to Michigan Live.
The secret was revealed to Colin two days before his birthday, when the family appeared on the popular US TV programme Good Morning America.
Two weeks after their TV appearance, Colin and his family were shocked when coaches and representatives from the Kalamazoo Wings hockey team surprised the schoolboy at a pizza restaurant and presented the him with a one-day contract.
Jennifer collecting the first delivery of cards from the PO box dedicated to Colin's birthday
The deal, the first one-day contract the team has ever offered, will see him join the team for a home game at Wings Stadium on Sunday.
Colin will be given his own jersey, the opportunity to drop the puck before the game, and sit on the bench with the players, a spokesman for the team Mike Mudogno told Michigan Live.
He will also be named one of the stars of the game.
“I was not expecting this,” Colin told the website after arriving at the restaurant. “I knew we were going to the restaurant, but I was not expecting the rest.”
He added that the attention he has received since learning of his birthday surprise has been “a little bit crazy and wild,” adding that he is still opening new letters each day.
“It’s been very heartwarming is what I would say. I just love that so many people did this," Colin told the website.
Jennifer, who only wanted her and her son's first names made public, added: “It's been hard to adjust to suddenly, accidentally being famous. I have a pretty wild imagination, but I couldn't expect this.”
Head Coach Nick Bootland, who was joined by players Elgin Reid, Eric Kattelus and Sam Ftorek, said the team is looking forward to welcoming Colin on the weekend.
“Obviously there are things that are much bigger than the game and if we can put a smile on a young guy's face that deals with a lot of adversity, we're excited about that opportunity,” Bootland said.
- 1 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 2 Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 3 Daily Show's Jon Stewart destroys Fox News for its Ferguson coverage
- 4 When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
- 5 Terror threat level raised to severe as PM warns Isis risk could last for decades
Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
YouTube video posted by Isis militants shows 'execution of 250 Syrian soldiers'
Botched ice bucket challenge leaves man critically injured after plane drops hundreds of gallons of water
Terror threat level raised to severe as PM warns Isis risk could last for decades
Isis 'A Message in Blood' video shows beheading of Kurdish man in Iraq
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
- < Previous
- Next >
£45000 - £69999 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Algo-Develo...
£60000 - £70000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Senior Data Sc...
£50000 - £80000 per annum + benefits+bonus+package: Harrington Starr: Data Sci...
£350 - £400 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based in Cent...