Olivia Towles has one wish: to marry University of Kentucky basketball player Willie Cauley-Stein.
The 4-year-old might not get her wish, but she did get to pop the question during lunch Tuesday afternoon at Wildcat Lodge, said Erica Tipton, executive director for Child Development Center of the Bluegrass at UK.
"It fell in our lap," she said of the lunch get-together. "She just started talking about Willie one day and said, 'I'm going to marry him.' To hear that come out of her mouth, everyone was just tickled by it."
Olivia has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. She has been going to the center, which specializes in providing preschool and child care for children with and without special needs, since she was 1 1/2 years old to help her develop mobility and speech.
Olivia's meeting with Cauley-Stein got off the ground last week after her teacher posted a video on which Olivia expressed her admiration for the UK player. Within 24 hours, someone from UK's public relations office contacted the center and said Cauley-Stein had seen the video and wanted to meet Olivia.
On Monday, an invitation was hand-delivered to the center by the UK Wildcat mascot. It read, "Olivia, have lunch with me, Willie."
The invitation came with a teddy bear that "totally won her over," Tipton said.
Olivia, her grandmother Sharon Porter and some teachers met with Cauley-Stein at Wildcat Lodge, where the UK basketball team lives, to eat spaghetti as Olivia requested.
"She got her dream realized," Tipton said. "He didn't rush her. He really spent time with her and made her feel special. ... We're appreciative, as her caregivers, that her hero treated her like a queen."
According to the center, CBS filmed the lunch meeting for a show called March Madness Confidential that is to air after the NCAA Tournament.