A 12-year-old New Zealand boy with a degenerative eye condition has ticked seeing the famed Boston Celtics NBA basketball team off his wish list before he goes blind.
Only they didn’t score enough baskets for a win to cap a dream trip for Louis Corbett, beaten by the Golden State Warriors 108-88 in Boston on Wednesday, local time.
However, the loss won’t be too distraught at the slight hiccup in the trip of his lifetime.
Louis has a rare degenerative condition called retinitis pigmentosa and is losing his peripheral vision.
He is building a “visual bank” before his vision disappears in a few years.
He’s a Celtics fan because his favourite player is Larry Bird, a Celtics legend from the 1970s, 80s and 90s.
Before the game the Auckland boy met players in the locker room and had a courtside seat at the TD Garden.
“It’s incredible. Not every 12-year-old from New Zealand gets to see this, so it’s pretty great,” Louis told Boston television station 7News.
His father Tim says the chance to see the Celtics is “gold”.
Louis’ trip has been paid for by his family and donors.
His enthusiasm for the Celtics was picked up on social media, seen by Celtics co-owners Wycliffe and Corrine Grousbeck, who have a son, Campbell, who is blind and they offered to bring him to the US.
His trip includes a visit to the Google headquarters in San Francisco, Niagara Falls, New York and Las Vegas.