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Lawton Boy Wins Thunder Tickets Playing Organ

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LAWTON Okla_ A Lawton child used his gift of musical talent to make his dreams come true, by entering and winning a contest to see the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team play on their home court.

Eight-year-old Jaden Pierce won a "Black History Month Heroes" contest at his elementary school back in February. Jaden wrote a piece about a famous organist that inspired him and submitted footage of himself playing the organ. Jaden and his parents say the experience is something they will never forget.

Jaden is extremely gifted. After hearing him play, 7News Reporter Nicole Osei said it was obvious why he chose Moses Tyson, Jr., a nationally-known organist, as his hero.

Young Jaden was destined to play the organ. His mother, Angela Pierce, said he once told her he felt he was destined to see the Oklahoma City Thunder play, too.

"We were watching the Thunder on the TV," Angela said. "He said, ‘Momma, I want to go to the game, but I don't want to sit up there. I want to be on the floor.' I said, ‘Jaden, we can't afford those tickets.' He said, ‘I want to be on the floor.'"

So when he entered the contest and won tickets to the game, Jaden reacted like any excited eight-year-old.

"I feel so happy, and I passed out," Jaden said. "I said, ‘Thank you, Lord' at my grandma's house."

He said his favorite part of the trip was his moment in the spotlight and meeting one of the players, Hasheem Thabeet.

"To be on the court, and I get recognized," Jaden said. "I get to be on the court, I get to see Thabeet, and he said, ‘Hi.'"

"When I saw his eyes light up when he won, especially when he got there on the court and he saw Thabeet and Ibaka and all his favorite players, seeing the glow in his eyes really made me happy," Angela said.

Jaden, who seems unfazed by all of the attention, said he's happy his music made his dreams come true. Another fact you should know about Jaden: he plays the organ by ear. He said he plans on entering the contest again next year.

The Pierce family attends the Union Baptist Church in Lawton. Dr. Charles Whitlow, the church's pastor, said he was extremely proud to learn that Jaden won the contest.

"It's a great feeling to know that here at the church, we are producing those kinds of young people," Whitlow said. "That is the thing that we feel that the church is all about: to help our young people and develop those talents that god has given them."



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