The people of Adelaide are getting behind Jodie & Soda’s pledge to make Cooper’s dreams come true on the basketball court.
Cooper was born without the fibula bone in his left leg. A condition that meant he had spent most of his life going through excruciating pain and a procession of ultimately unsuccessful surgeries.
Eventually, Cooper was faced with a decision, continue with the surgeries, potentially to no avail, or opt for the massive step of amputation.
Cooper just wanted to get back out there playing basketball again, and made the decision to have his leg amputated.
On November 12, Cooper will run out on to the court in front of thousands of fans to take on the Adelaide 36ers in his return to the game he loves. We had hoped.
Take a listen to whether or not Cooper will be running out on to the court at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre here…
Jodie & Soda thought that all the planning for the game was going smoothly when they realised that they did not actually have a venue for the night.
But where is the best place in Adelaide to play a game of basketball? On Brett Maher Court at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, obviously!
You have to shoot for the stars.
Yesterday, Jodie & Soda spoke with Premier Steven Marshall, and practically begged him to let us use the Adelaide Entertainment Centre for the big game.
The Premier told Jodie & Soda that he was moved by Cooper’s story and that he would make some calls.
And that was sort of the end of it.
Until this morning, when the Adelaide Entertainment Centre’s Phil King rang through to tell Jodie & Soda whether or not he could do this massive favour or if the game might have to go ahead down at the rec centre on a Thursday night between social basketball games.