La Rabida patient signed to one-day contract with the Chicago Sky

Monday August 21st, 2017

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Sky Stewart, 13, has been dealing with sickle cell disease for most of her life. For the past several years she has been receiving care at La Rabida. On August 18, the hospital made her dream come true when they partnered with the WNBA Chicago Sky to sign her to a one-day contract.

The Sky hosted her and her family for a day that included shoot-around practice, a press conference, lunch and special recognition during the game. Sky wore a custom jersey, sat alongside the players on the team’s bench and even had the chance to pick out her very own locker in the team’s locker room. “We are honored to work with La Rabida Children’s Hospital to host a player for the day for the third consecutive year,” said Sky General Manager and Head Coach Amber Stocks. “This program in collaboration with Magellan allows us to work with inspirational patients like Sky.” At the Friday night game versus the Los Angeles Sparks, La Rabida was well-represented as our patient Mariaya Barlow sang the National Anthem before tip-off; two other patients and their siblings assisted on the court as ball kids and co-captain, and 250 employees and their families cheered from the stands. This experience was made possible through Magellan Corporation. As part of its continued commitment to philanthropy, Magellan Corporation and the Chicago Sky have collaborated this season to help promote a number of the charitable organizations including La Rabida. It was apparent to all that Sky had more in common with the team than just the name. She shared their passion for working together, learning and giving their best on the court. “It’s like it was meant for her,” said Sky’s brother, Gino. “It’s a blessing from God.”​