Giovanni and the Birds

Let’s begin with the end in mind. Giovanni Hamilton is a 13 year-old who has a rare genetic condition known as Schwartz-Jampel Syndrome, necessitating multiple surgeries for his jaw, eyes, and other joint systems in the body and rendering him wheelchair bound for mobility for life. With parents who are models of how to raise a child with severe physical challenges, Giovanni has channeled his love of sports into a budding podcast career that any sport fan can love. And if you happen to be a Philly sports fan, this kid’s unflagging spirit verges on nirvana.

Giovanni with his Jalen Mills inspired green coiffed T-shirt imprint

Here is an example of the personality that Giovanni flashes when waxing exuberantly about his idol, the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz.

I’ve been a follower of Giovanni’s Schwartz-Jampel facebook feed for over a year now, and always look forward to his sensitive, thoughtful and inspiring messages – particularly about the Eagles, but in general about how he handles the many physical challenges that life has thrown his way. I’d encourage to join his facebook page to partake of his Garden of Birdly Delights.

A new piece on ESPN features Giovanni’s love of all things Philly Sports, citing him as an Eagles’ Superfan, and sharing his story with the world. The Eagles play the NY Football Giants on a national Fox TV broadcast tonight, and it would be phenomenal if they gave a tip of the helmet to Giovanni’s story as part of the pre-game show or during halftime. Regarding life in general, Giovanni is exemplary of the notion that it’s not whether you win or lose which is essential, as much as it is how you play the game.

This is not the first time Giovanni has gone national, nor is it likely to be the last.

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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