The Lakers have sent a basketball signed by the entire team to a 106-year-old Mission Viejo woman who they read in the news was a big fan. With the ball was a note about how Lakers executive Jeanie Buss was touched by a story about Charlotte Cross, a longtime Lakers fan, which ran a couple weeks ago in The Orange County Register. Charlotte Cross holds the signed basekball the Lakers sent her after reading in the newspaper that the 106-year-old was a fan. BY LORI BASHEDA “From (the) story, it sounded as though she probably wasn’t in good enough physical health to invite down to a game, so we thought it’d be better to send her something… and a ball signed by the whole team would probably be the best thing we could send,” Lakers spokesman John Black wrote in an email. Charlotte, known as ‘G Ma’ to her great-grandsons and their friends, played basketball at Kansas State Teacher’s College back in 1923 – all 5 feet of her. She lives with her granddaughter (and family) in Mission Viejo. She’s been there 17 years, and never misses a Lakers game. Her grandson-in-law, Tony Bennett, says that as the matriarch of the house she has dibs on the TV when it’s game night.
Wow! I guess if I’m still watching the Lakers from my grand kids house in Mission Viejo at 106, an autographed basketball would be awesome! What a great thing for the Lakers team to do for her! Wonder if she fights for the remote or if they TeVo//DVR record the game and cut out the commercials like I would do???
Go Lakers and Go G Ma – feeling the love in Mission Viejo!!!