JP Gibson was the star in Utah’s intrasquad scrimmage on Monday night.
The Utah Jazz signed 5-year-old leukemia patient JP Gibson to a one-day contract on Monday, and allowed Gibson to star in the teams annual intrasquad scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena on Monday night.
Gibson, who has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, inked his one-day deal with Jazz president Randy Rigby while his parents, Josh and Megan, and his 2-year-old sister, Elise happily watched. The Gibson’s were hosted by the Jazz and photographer Jon Diaz as apart of the “Anything Can Be” project.
JP, who donned a nifty No. 1 jersey, blitzed past Steve Novak and Dante Exum and then threw down a nasty two hand jam. Gibson then celebrated with Jazz players after his vicious aerial assault.
The Jazz tweeted out a picture of their newest superstar holding up his jersey with his family.
Welcome to the Jazz, JP! pic.twitter.com/kI36etzAK2
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) October 6, 2014
In a statement released by the Jazz, JP’s mother Megan Gibson spoke about her son’s affinity for the game of basketball.
JP loves most sports, but basketball is definitely his favorite. When he was just over a year old, he would sit with my husband, Josh, watching games. He started insisting on shooting hoops for an hour each night before bedtime when he was just 15 months old. He knows he has to be 6 before he can play Junior Jazz, and he reminds us all the time that he can’t wait until he’s 6.
This was a fantastic and classy move by the Jazz organization, and a heartwarming moment for all sports fans. You can check out the video of Gibson’s day with the Jazz below.