Imagine getting a knock on your door only to find a player from your favourite sports team standing there – with your season tickets.
That’s what happened to Bob Risko, a resident on Norwood Road for 55 years, on Sept. 26, as the Toronto Raptors’ newly acquired Landry Fields showed up at his door to deliver his season tickets.
Risko, who has been a season ticket holder for 17 years, was beside himself as the basketball pro stood there with the Raptor mascot, dancers, a cheering crowd, and music blaring.
“I wasn’t expecting this,” said Risko. “It’s very exciting.”
He said besides being a big basketball fan, he enjoys taking his two sons to the games now that they are older and have moved out. “I get to see them 41 times during the season,” he said.
Risko also donates tickets for four of the games to the ‘Give-a-kid-a-game’ program, which provides underprivileged kids the opportunity to attend games.
Fields signed a $20 million contract in July with the Raptors for three years after playing in New York for two seasons. He has now been training with his new teammates for four weeks and is looking forward to contributing to the team.