High School Sports

King uses Wish to give back

Posted April 26, 2012

For Middle Creek senior Rashawn King, it was amazing enough he returned to play football and basketball during a two-year battle with leukemia. Thursday, King went above and beyond with an act of generosity.

King could have asked for anything from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

 "At first, my wish was to meet Lebron James and spend the day with him," said King. "And then I was thinking, 'Why don't I give back to those who prayed for me when I was down and I was sick."

So King used his wish to feed 19-hundred Middle Creek classmates Chick-fil-A for lunch.

"Rashawn's a good kid and very unselfish. To turn down Lebron James?!?," said King's mother Michelle Merritt.

"I've never been a part of a wish that included 1,900 recipients, all high school students," said CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern NC, Kristen Johnson. "This is amazing."

King's cancer is now in remission. He will undergo chemotherapy once a month for another year.

"I didn't think a day like this would happen," said Merritt. "The odds were not very much on his side, but he's here."

King thinks support from friends and the goal of playing sports again helped during his battle. He returned to the Middle Creek football and basketball teams for his senior season.

"Sports was very important to me," said King. "Sports challenged me to beat my cancer and be able to prove to people that I could get back out there and do what I love to do."

King has an academic scholarship to North Carolina Central but plans to walk on to the football and basketball teams.

"I'm hoping that they pick me up because I've got a lot of frustration in me I just want to take out on the field and score a couple touchdowns," said King.

King certainly scored a one Thursday with his school.


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  • VT1994Hokie Apr 27, 2012

    This was one of the best. Intelligent young man. He will certainly have a bright future in whatever he decides to do in life.

  • Tarheel born Apr 27, 2012

    Congratulations on King's academic scholarship. I'm hoping he's able to continue his dream of playing at the next level. What a humble and unselfish young man. It helps restore my faith in the younger generations and their hopes and dreams.

    Good luck to you Rashawn King!

  • tommybrownnc Apr 26, 2012

    Who WOULDN'T want this fine young man on their team? Wow!! Great kid, IMHWPO.