About Alec

What motivates Smart Alec, you ask? Passion for the game. All of them!

Alec, the star of Smart Alec on Sports, is just a 14-year-old kid from the “Windy City,” Chicago.

With his unconventional and often hilarious commentary on sports, Alec has attracted interest from the big names in sports like Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayless, and even NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

He often interrupts his webcasts with passionate rhetoric about his beloved Chicago Bears, and he holds nothing back when it comes to holding coaches accountable – no matter who they are.

Alec’s roots in sports have not come easy. When he was born, he was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a brittle bone disease that make his bones very fragile. 

From the beginning, Shriners Hospitals for Children has helped Alec overcome his disability with surgeries and physical therapy. Because of Shriners Hospitals, Alec can play the sports he loves, like softball or wheelchair basketball, where he runs the show as point guard. Often times, he steps in to coach during time-outs.

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“I love sports, because I love the competition. I love the battle between competitors and the battle to make yourself better.”

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Smart Alec FAQ’s

Why are you so passionate about sports?

My childhood dream is to become a Paralympic Athlete and a professional sports anchor and analyst for ESPN, FOX Sports, NBC Sports, NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and/or Sky Sports.  I love all sports!

I love watching the human spirit in athletic competition achieve something new that has not been done.

What is your disability and how does it affect you?

I was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), or brittle bones, a permanent condition that causes my bones to break easily. 

In the United States, about 50,000 infants, children, and adults are affected with OI.  I have had over 60 fractures since I was born.  I need a wheelchair to move around and play adaptive sports. 

I am not fragile.

I am determined, driven, strong, and passionate.

How has Shriners Hospitals for Children benefited your family?

I started going to Shriners Hospitals for Children (SHC) since I was two months old. SHC is a leading center in the United States for research and clinical studies regarding OI.  Without the help of the doctors, nurses, and staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children, my family would not be able to know how to care and raise me. 

My family is very fortunate to have the professional medical expertise, medical care, and financial support of Shriners Hospitals for Children to be able to take care of my needs.

What is your favorite sport and why?

My favorite sport is basketball.  I love the high pace nature of the game and love playing defense.  My favorite all-time athlete is Michael Jordan.  Michael displayed a passion and dedication to his sport both on and off the court. 

Michael’s conditioning and preparation for each basketball game was supreme and the results show his love for the game of basketball, like me.

What sports do you play?

I play two adaptive sports – wheelchair basketball and wheelchair softball.

I play guard in wheelchair basketball.  In wheelchair softball, I play catcher.

My team competed in the finals of the National Wheelchair Basketball Champions for the past two years.

In 2015 & 2016, my wheelchair softball team, the RIC Chicago Cubs, won the National Wheelchair Softball title.

Who are your favorite sports teams?

Since I’m from Chicago, I have been a loyal Chicago area fan. Luckily, there’s a lot to choose from: Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, and the Chicago Fire

What do you dream to do when you are a grown-up?

I hope to be a Paralympic athlete competing in a future Paralympic Games, and a professional sports anchor for one of the major sports networks covering the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, FIFA, PGA, NASCAR, and other competitive sports leagues.

How old are you?

I am fourteen years old.

How long have you been associated with Shriners?

My parents were fortunate enough to learn about Shriners Hospitals for Children before I was born. 

If you know someone who needs the care of Shriners Hospitals for Children, you can contact them by clicking on this link: Shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/locations.

What can someone do to help kids like you?

Our greatest legacy is not what we achieve or accomplished in life, but to find ways to help the next generation. 

Donating to Shriners Hospitals for Children and volunteering at your local Shriners Hospital can go a long way in helping kids like me live a life of independence and happiness.


Where can I learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Kids?

To learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Kids, go online to Shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

If you know a child who needs help, please find the phone number listed for your local hospital here: Shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/contact.

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