16-year-old Christina DeVries, a blind fan of the Chicago Blackhawks, wanted nothing more than to attend a Hawks game. When she heard the Blackhawks ‘#WhatsYourGoal’ campaign, she set out to make her dream come true. The Blackhawks caught wind of her dream, and together, they achieved her ‘One Goal.’
For several years, the Chicago Blackhawks have run a campaign titled, “One Goal.” That goal, the makeup of many smaller goals that the team’s players cite in TV ads, is the Stanley Cup. But for one young fan, her goal was simply to take in a Blackhawks game at the United Center.
As part of the Blackhawks “#WhatsYourGoal” campaign, 16-year-old Christina DeVries, a young woman who is blind and a massive fan of the Hawks, said her one goal was to finally attend her first game. Thanks to Patrick Sharp and the Blackhawks organization, her goal, and her wish, came to fruition in an extremely heartwarming video.
Christina’s aunt had set out to make the wish come true, creating a crowd funding effort to be able to purchase tickets off the secondary market, and targeting the Dec. 23 game against the Winnipeg Jets as Christina’s first game. The Blackhawks got wind of the effort and made sure they themselves could help Christina achieve her ‘One Goal.’
Not only did Christina attend the late December game, a 5-1 loss to the Jets, she got to be alongside radio broadcasters John Wiedeman and Troy Murray during the second period, present during Chicago’s only goal of the evening off the stick of Marian Hossa.
Wiedeman couldn’t have been more right about the Blackhawks hoping to channel some of her excitement, because Christina’s unbridled excitement about being at the game is a beautiful thing.