Wade Hamby finally got to play football for the West Point Parks and Recreation PeeWee league last year.
At the time, he was 5 years-old, getting playing time with an 8 year-old team.
In May, Hamby’s dreams of hitting the field this fall were shattered when doctors discovered a tumor on one of his lungs. Hamby had previously undergone heart surgery at 16 months.
Now at age 6, he’s going through pre-operational procedures that would make most adults cringe.
“All he can say when he has a procedure done is ‘is this going to make me better so that I can play football,’” his mother Jenny Hamby said on Tuesday. “He loves football, and he loves Green Wave football.”
Wade did not get to play football this year, but last week he got the thrill of a lifetime when Green Wave Head Coach Chris Chambless arranged to have him come out to a mid-week practice, and he was on the sidelines during Friday night’s North Half Championship game at Starkville.
Awaiting major surgery to remove the tumor, Wade got to see his favorite team practice schemes while readying for Starkville. Players from the Green Wave team would make sure to stop and shake Wade’s hand when they came off the field.
“Coach Chambless asked him ‘are you going to play football for me one day?’” his mother said. “He told him ‘yes.’ Later he told me ‘I’ve got to hurry up and have this surgery so that I can play football for Coach Chambless.’”
After practice, the Green Wave team presented Wade with a helmet signed by all of the members of the West Point squad. One player gave Wade his green and white gloves
The team presented him with a ticket to Friday night’s game. He was at the “tunnel” when the team came out, and they hollered his name as they went by.
As for the outcome of the game, Wade was proud of his Green Wave team.
“They’re his champs, win or lose,” Jenny Hamby said.
Wade’s sisters Logan and Anna Jade and his brother Ty will all be praying for a full recovery in the upcoming weeks, and he can rest assured that over 80 football players and coaches will be rooting for him as much as he has rooted for them this fall.