Family, friends gather to fulfill loved-oneʼs dying wish
As Robert Roberson stared at his silhouette in the mirror, the sunlight beamed on him marking his 33rd birthday. The day was August 1, 2011, exactly 24 hours from the starting time of the Hoops for Hope Charity Basketball Game; the first game played in loving memory of Shewanda Williams, his beloved sister.
June 14th marked the year in which Williams lost her four-year battle to breast cancer at the young age of 36. Devastated by the loss of his sister, Roberson replays their previous memories in his mind, even those disheartening conversations of her last wishes.
Precipitously, he remembered that she wanted all of her 13 nieces and nephews, who loved her dearly, to have a trust fund in remembrance of her. With monies depleted Roberson organized a charity basketball game, in hopes of fulfilling such a selfless wish.
Always keeping his sister’s dream in the forefront of his mind, he decided to organize this game highlighting Division 1 basketball players, local music artists and youth anxiously waiting to participate in the 3 point shoot-out.
As game time peeked at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, the gym lingered with the infinite support of family, friends, and co-workers. Two action packed games astonished the crowd, with the All-Stars Game, one featuring all Division 1 basketball players, going into double overtime, ending with a score of 94-91!
On his birthday Roberson cracked a smile and looked at his reflection, the sun’s rays beamed back at him as he listened carefully to that angel’s gentle voice saying, “Job well done, Rob; I am very proud of you!”
For more information about the Hoops for Hope Charity Basketball Game, please contact Rob at [email protected] or (414)839-0261.