12-year Sam Holtz beat out more than 11.57 million contestants in the ESPN Bracket Challenge, finishing tied for the top spot as he missed just six games on the entire bracket. Unfortunately for Sam his age meant that he was ineligible for entry into random grand prize drawings for a trip to Maui and a $20,000 Best Buy gift card, but ESPN will be sending him a gift bag for his efforts.
The gift bag wasn’t the only prize Holtz received, as Best Buy decided to give him a $1,000 gift card which was a nice gesture on the company’s part. For anyone, receiving $1,000 to use in an electronics store can be an incredible thing given the number of available options. But Holtz didn’t think selfishly with his gift card.
In addition to getting himself an XBox One, Holtz also “purchased” one to donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation according to the Lake Zurich (Illinois) Courier.
“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].”
That’s an incredible gesture by Sam, as more than a few adults would focus solely on their desires when it comes to how they go about spending prize money. Instead of simply taking care of himself, Holtz made sure to look out for someone else as well. Well done, Sam.