Larry’s Leaders

“Whatever your goals are, whatever your passion is, you follow it. You let your mind lead and let your body follow.
Don’t let Crohn’s hold you back.” 
– Larry Nance, Jr.

Our 2nd year of Larry’s Leaders is officially under way for the 2019-2020 NBA season.

On October 27th, 2018, we kicked off our “Larry’s Leaders” program, in partnership with the Cavs and Cleveland Clinic, where we host 10 pediatric IBD patients a season for a night out at The Q!

The experience includes the opportunity to watch Larry shoot around from the court, a meet & greet with Larry, and game tix for the patient and their family.


Meet Larry’s Leaders

2019-2020 Season

Our very first Leader of the ‘19-‘20 season is Akiva, a basketball player from University Heights battling Crohn’s disease! Diagnosed with Crohn’s at age 9, Akiva loves the Cavs and once led his youth basketball team to the championship game, playing on the court @rocketmortgagefieldhouse! It was a joy to hang with with Akiva and his family, and we wish him the best fo luck in his upcoming season! 🏀🔥🌟

2018-2019 Season

Our very first Leader is Michael, a stand out football player from Youngstown battling Crohn’s disease! We had a blast spending time with Michael and his family, and were inspired by his positive attitude and ability to not let IBD hold him back.
Way to go, Michael!
For our second “Larry’s Leaders” program this season we hosted Jamir and his family. Jamir is 19 and was diagnosed with Crohn’s at the Cleveland Clinic 2 years ago. He loves basketball and football!
Keep fighting, Jamir! 👊🏼
Our next leader was Donovan, who is 21 years old and was diagnosed with Crohn’s at age 8. Donovan loves basketball and watching the Cavs in his spare time 🏀
Next up is 14 year old Mia, who was diagnosed with Crohn’s a little over 1 year ago. Mia is a super star soccer and basketball player for her school 🏀⚽️
Next meet Bobby, who is 17 years old and has been battling Crohn’s for 5 years. Bobby loves basketball, baseball, and hope to go to college next year and major in sports management 🏀⚾️
We were happy to meet Evan and Connor, brothers who are both battling Crohn’s disease and refusing to let chronic illness hold them back! Connor is a swimmer at Mount Union 🏊‍♂️ and Evan is a highly recruited track star ⭐️ at Solon High School. These 2 have bonded over their diagnosis’ and are awesome role models for other athletes facing IBD!
We had the pleasure of meeting Alyssa who is in 8th grade and from Chagrin Falls. Alyssa is active in dance, including tap, jazz, and hip hop – and follows the SCD Diet in order to maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle!
We were pumped to meet Michael and his family. Michael is a
junior in high school and plays baseball ⚾️ as a pitcher. He also
loves music and plays both the oboe and saxophone in his
school band. Michael has an amazing spirit and refuses to let
Crohn’s stop him from achieving his goals! 
We were excited to host Jake and his family as a part of our “Larry’s Leaders” program with the @cavs and @clevelandclinic!
Jake is in 6th grade and was diagnosed with Colitis at age 8. Active in basketball and baseball, Jake also does very well in school and refuses to let IBD hamper his positive spirit!
Ethan came all the way from Niagara Falls during his spring break to cheer on the Cavs in Cleveland! Ethan is 14 and was diagnosed with Crohn’s at age 7. A lover of ⚾️ and 🏀, Ethan is an ambassador for his hospital via the Children’s Miracle Network and spends time mentoring other kids who are newly diagnosed with IBD. It was so nice to spend time with Ethan and his supportive family! 💕
We had the pleasure of meeting Natalie, who is in eight grade and loves 🏀 and ⚽️. Diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2017, Natalie never lets her diagnosis keep her down both on and off the court. She proudly wears #22 and is a great role model for other kids battling chronic illness 💪🏼


We are grateful to have these amazing athletes representing AVC! @ Quicken Loans Arena