PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - The beaming face of a precious little boy still recovering after he was shot 10 times last August. Tonight 6-year-old Mahaj Brown was all smiles as a guest of the Philadelphia 76ers for their game against the Grizzlies.
“I'm going to see the basketball game," screamed Mahaj as he arrived at Wells Fargo Center. Staff ushered Mahaj right onto the court during the pregame where he was honored with the "Strong Kid of the Game” award alongside team mascot "Franklin."
"The dog kissed me on the forehead," said Mahaj. He also received a bag of goodies including a team that he’s proudly wearing.
"They let me hold the basketball. They left me hold one of the basketballs and I took a picture with the basketball," he said. The best thing he says he received is his own personalized jersey. He was so excited to show it that he stood up from his wheelchair.
Mahaj’s mom and grandmother say the award describes him perfectly.
"Like last week he said I want to run. I said you have to walk first. He said I’m not getting back in that wheelchair," said his grandmother Ester Davis.
His mom LaPrea Brown said, “It means a lot to him but it means the world to me because he be scared to come outside the house. So anything that he wants to go outside the house for is a plus. It’s a blessing."
Team officials say the “Strong Kid of the Game” award started last season. Mahaj is the 10th to be recognized.
"He's smiling ear to ear and is really looking forward to being celebrated as a hero in tonight's game," said Amy Heaver with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Mahaj can't wait to tell his classmates about his big night and he has a message for the Sixers.
"Go 76ers!" he said.
The award is given to kids who have overcome obstacles and shown great determination.