Kid who won ESPN's bracket contest donates XBox to Make-A-Wish
We told you earlier this week about Sam Holtz, the 12-year-old who tied for the best bracket in this year's ESPN Tournament Challenge out of 11.57 million entries.
It turns out that even though he had his dad's permission to enter the contest, he wasn't eligible for the drawing for a $20,000 Best Buy gift card and a trip to Maui since he was not 18 or older.
Best Buy was gracious enough to award Holtz a $1,000 gift card anyway, and he did what many kids his age would do: purchase himself an XBox One, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Holtz still had money on the gift card left over, and instead of using it on himself, he decided to buy another XBox One and donate it to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.
He explained his decision to the Tribune:
"I decided to donate one of the XBox One systems to Make-A-Wish because of my cousin Alec," Sam said. "When he was real little, he was in Make-A-Wish, and back then [23 years ago], people granted his wish of going to Disney World. I thought I'd kind of repay them for what they did for my cousin [who survived his illness and is now an adult]."
It's a terrific gesture by Holtz, who has to be still riding high after pulling off the impressive bracket feat.
- Molly Geary