Boy With Chronic Illness Becomes Honorary Marshall University Basketball Player


HUNTINGTON, WV (WCHS)-  For Calvin Fields, hanging around the Thundering Herd men’s basketball team at Marshall University is a dream come true.


“He’s a fighter, he’s a great person to be around,” Jannson Williams, basketball player, said. “He has such a good personality, especially at the young age he is. He is ecstatic with energy, and we need that. We need that.”


Calvin, 8, was born with cystic fibrosis, which is a chronic genetic disease.

“Calvin does really well,” Calvin’s mother, Brentney Fields, said. “We keep him active. Sports are very important for cystic fibrosis kids. It keeps their lungs healthy, so he plays all of the sports. He swims, and for him to hang out with the basketball team and run the stairs with them, it’s really good for him.”

On Wednesday, Calvin became an honorary member of the Thundering Herd with his own special signing day.


“Whenever I’m practicing, I look over at the stands and this guy’s having the time of his life not caring about the world and what’s going on and I feel like we can all learn from him,” Williams said.

Calvin was also presented a proclamation from Governor Jim Justice that announced May as Cystic Fibrosis Month.

“He’s a huge fan, and for them to accept our family and welcome us in, it’s just kind of like the Huntington way,” Brentney Fields said. “Everybody’s family here. “

Daniella Hankey

Daniella Hankey joined Newswatch as a Reporter. Armed with a major in Communications and Media Studies and a minor in Education, Daniella relocated to southern West Virginia from Florida to further pursue her career. During her time at Stetson, she covered several big stories on and off campus including the June 2016 Pulse Night Club shooting and Hurricane Matthew. She worked as a news anchor and reporter for her college news station and enjoyed an internship in productions at PBS. Her love for journalism started in high school when she was selected as a Bright House Varsity Reporter as well as the school anchor. Daniella was born and raised in Orlando and is a proud Floridian. Her current interests include enjoying everything West Virginia has to offer, from outdoor adventures to the beautiful mountains and scenery. As a multi-trained journalist, Daniella is always prepared to cover the stories that matter to our viewers and help to keep her newly adopted community informed. If you have any story ideas or news tips, please email Daniella at

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