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It looked like a typical day of basketball practice… dribbling and shooting.
But what one young man didn’t know was his longtime wish of playing college basketball was about to be granted.
Xhosa Fray-Chinn and his family are overwhelmed with joy and happiness, but about a year ago, life took a devastating turn.
Playing at a Florida YMCA basketball league game, the teen — who was 17 at the time — suffered a heart attack. His father performed CPR and the school’s defibrillator was used to save his life. The basketball standout was in a coma for five days.
“I don’t remember anything. I just woke up in the hospital,” Fray-Chinn said.
Diagnosed with a severe heart condition, Fray-Chinn was told he could never play competitive basketball again. That’s when the Make-A-Wish Foundation stepped in to help make his dream a reality.
“I was looking at Chaminade a while back in high school to play basketball here and then I always wanted to come to Hawaii,” Fray-Chinn said.
A family trip to the islands was granted from the non-profit organization and Chaminade University stepped in to surprise Fray-Chinn, and took it further.
“We are all here and we are going to make him an honorary member,” Chaminade University Basketball Head Coach Eric Bovaird said.
He’s now an honorary member of the NCAA Division II Chaminade Silversword basketball team.
“I was definitely surprised. I didn’t see it coming at all,” Fray-Chinn said.
University players welcomed him and he even had his own cheering section.
“It’s a great story. I understand he was a great basketball player and his lifelong dream was to play basketball and hopefully this will, you know, give him the feeling he is part of a team,” Coach Bovaird said.
“I am really happy. It was a lot of fun. Kind of threw me off, it was fun,” Fray-Chinn said.
The 6-foot-5, 18 year old is currently going to college in Florida, studying architecture and engineering, and coaching children’s basketball in his spare time.