Students Campaign To Get Disabled Teen on ESPN

ST. PETERS, Mo. — Students here are launching a Twitter campaign to get one of their classmates on SportsCenter.

Andrew Honerkamp, a junior at Fort Zumwalt South High School, was born with cerebral palsy and dreams of being a sports broadcaster. He tells his friends that since his disability prevents him from playing sports, he loves to watch them instead — and almost always on SportsCenter.

"He always has a smile on his face and is always positive. If you are having a bad day, he will cheer you up instantly," his friend Harrison Stephan wrote in e-mail. "He told me it would be awesome if he could get on the show for a little and see what it is like."

To make Honerkamp's dreams come true, his classmates Saturday began asking those on Twitter to tweet #AndrewOnSportsCenter to @SportsCenter, in hopes that ESPN officials would take notice. SportsCenter is shot primarily in Bristol, Conn., at ESPN headquarters but has a 1 a.m. ET edition broadcast from ESPN's Los Angeles studios.

"We as a school and as a community want to make this dream come true," said Stephan, who goes to high school with Honerkamp about 30 miles northwest of St. Louis. "We won't be able to do it alone either. We are reaching out for help everywhere to make his dream happen because of how he has changed our lives."

Honerkamp, 16, has been manager of his high school's basketball team since his freshman year. He also manages the school's baseball team and plays golf.

Since Stephan began the social media campaign to get Honerkamp on SportsCenter, his efforts have been shared thousands of times.

"It's amazing. The whole school's come together," Stephan said. "There's seniors from last year getting involved, and (they're) telling their sorority and fraternity members about this. It's just going around everywhere. The support is amazing."

In the meantime, KSDK-TV anchor Mike Bush told Stephan via email Tuesday that he would try to talk to some people he knows at ESPN to see what they could do to help Honerkamp."At the very least, I feel confident that we can arrange a tour and have him sit on a SportsCenter set," Bush wrote.


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