The first part of Leo’s wish began on Friday at 10 am when he headed to The Star. Upon arrival, he was greeted by staff members of the team. As Leo entered the exquisite building, there was a line of “fans” waiting for Leo with signs and pompoms to welcome them to the facility. He was then taken into the media lounge where he was met by player personnel. He said that before getting started, there was some official business that needed to be taken care of. Leo was going to be the newest member of the Dallas Cowboys and needed to sign his contract! He was presented with an official NFL contract to the tune of $1 with a fancy, fake dollar bill. He was also given an official Cowboys jersey with the #4 on the back and his last name above.
Like any new member of the team, next up was facing the media. Leo made his way into the adjacent press conference room and took his spot behind the podium to answer the questions of the gathered reporters (aka family and Cowboys staff). He answered questions, gave predictions for the game and posed for photos like a natural.
He and his family then continued with a tour of The Star with stops in the radio, locker room and noticed details all along the way. There are quotes, interesting facts, pieces of memorabilia and statistics scattered perfectly throughout the building. It felt like a museum at times. Then Leo made his way to the indoor facility to watch practice for about 30 minutes from the sideline. As practice concluded, he was invited by Coach Garrett to break down the huddle with a “Cowboys on 3! 1-2-3, Cowboys!” Soon after, he was swarmed by all the players giving high-fives. He got to meet lots of players, but the moment he had been waiting for was finally in front of him – Dak Prescott! He was excited to meet Leo and gracious to sign autographs for the family members and pose for pictures. He and Dak even got to throw around the football – a dream come true!
By now it was lunch, so Leo and his family were treated to a nice meal at the Training Table (cafeteria for the organization). They each got to pick whatever they wanted from the various stations and had reserved seating together. You really felt how the Cowboys organization is like a family as there was staff, players, and even Jerry Jones and his kids eating in this common area. To cap off their time at The Star, Emily delivered a few more surprises – gift bags for everyone, game programs, and our tickets and sideline passes for the game on Sunday.
Sunday was finally here which meant it was almost game time! Leo and his family were picked up by a stretch limo and headed to the stadium. Upon arrival, he met up with Emily and headed onto the field. They took their spots on the sidelines to watch warm-ups with a front row seat to all the action. Leo had a visit from Jason Garrett, Rowdy the Mascot and fist bumps from others.
Soon it was game time and Leo made his way to the seats. It was a very exciting game to witness with the Cowboys winning over the Chiefs 28-17! After the game Leo made his way back to the limo and headed to the hotel. Leo and his family were so grateful for every moment of their experience and were in awe of all the work that went in to making wish trip so memorable.