On February 20, 2020, the world lost an incredible human being, Nick Gilbert. Nick was a young man who touched the hearts of everyone who knew him. He was kind, generous, and had an infectious smile that could light up a room. This article is a tribute to Nick’s life and legacy.
Nick was born on March 5, 1997, in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the son of Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team. From a young age, Nick was a fan of the Cavaliers and loved going to basketball games with his family.
At the age of 8, Nick was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). This disorder causes tumors to grow on nerve tissue, and it can lead to a variety of health problems. Despite his health struggles, Nick remained positive and continued to inspire others with his strength and courage.
The 2011 NBA Draft
In 2011, the Cleveland Cavaliers had the first overall pick in the NBA Draft. Nick represented the team at the draft lottery and brought his good luck charm, a toy elephant named “Holly”. To the surprise of many, the Cavaliers won the first overall pick, and Nick became an instant celebrity.
The “What’s Not To Love” Speech
On June 23, 2011, Nick gave a speech at the NBA Draft that captured the hearts of millions. He talked about how much he loved the city of Cleveland and how excited he was for the future of the Cavaliers. He ended his speech with the now-famous phrase, “What’s not to love?”
The “Holly” Elephant
After the NBA Draft, Nick’s good luck charm, “Holly”, became a symbol of hope and inspiration for Cavaliers fans. The team even created a special Holly bobblehead in honor of Nick and his beloved elephant.
The “Holly” Fund
In 2013, Nick and his family started the “Holly” Fund to raise money for NF research and awareness. The fund has raised over $1 million to date and continues to make a difference in the lives of those with NF.
The “Holly” Hat
Nick’s love for “Holly” extended to his fashion sense as well. He often wore a hat with an elephant on it, which became known as the “Holly” hat. The hat became a popular item among Cavaliers fans, and Nick’s legacy continues to live on through it.
The “What’s Not To Love” Foundation
In honor of Nick’s memory, the “What’s Not To Love” Foundation was created to continue his mission of spreading love and positivity. The foundation supports organizations that promote kindness, inclusivity, and community engagement.
Nick Gilbert was a remarkable young man who left a lasting impact on the world. His kindness, courage, and love for life will never be forgotten. He inspired millions with his “What’s not to love?” attitude and his unwavering spirit in the face of adversity. Rest in peace, Nick. You will be forever missed.
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