(Cleveland) - Less than 24 hours after getting drafted into the NBA, No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins is already making his presence felt in Cleveland.
After officially being introduced at a press conference at Cleveland Clinic Courts on Friday, the Cavs’ 2014 Draft Pick made his way to Cleveland Clinic Children’s to make his first appearance on behalf of the team.
As part of the Cavs fourth annual Draft Legacy Project, the organization refurbished the Activity Center at Cleveland Clinic Children’s, which Wiggins and new head coach David Blatt unveiled.
Cavs broadcaster Fred McLeod led a press conference with general manager David Griffin, Blatt and Wiggins.
Cleveland Clinic Children’s chairman, Dr. Giovanni Piedimonte, and director of Child Life, Shannon Sonnhalter, were also on hand to discuss not only the excitement of the new center, but also the positive impact it will have on patients and their families.
Cavs forward Anthony Bennett and legend Campy Russell were also there to lend their support.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to partner with Cleveland Clinic Children’s to hopefully help enrich the stay of their young patients,” said Len Komoroski, CEO of the Cleveland Cavaliers. “Making an impact in the Greater Cleveland community is a large and important part of the culture of our organization, and one that we take great pride in.”
Following the press conference, the group cut the ribbon to officially open the bright, new Activity Center.
The previous room was completely gutted and received new flooring, ceiling, lighting, paint and windows. The new floor was made to resemble the court at the Cavs’ official practice facility, Cleveland Clinic Courts.
The new space also now has all-new furniture and decor, and even features a “technology bar” with iPads and more. All with the intention of providing a fun, comfortable and uplifting experience for the patients and their families during their stay at Cleveland Clinic Children’s.
Andrew Wiggins and the Cavaliers visit Cleveland Clinic Children's.
Cavaliers Coach David Blatt told Newsradio WTAM 1100, the team enjoys getting out into the community to brighten the lives of others, and they plan to be very active.
Several patients were able to enjoy the new space at the grand opening, and even had the opportunity to hang out with the newest Cavalier.
“We are grateful to the Cavs for renovating our Activity Center,” said Dr. Giovanni Piedimonte, Chair of Cleveland Clinic Children’s. “The new Activity Center is beautiful and will be a nice retreat for our patients.”
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(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)