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Denver Nuggets players surprise 96-year-old fan

Hattie Smith Denver Nuggets
Posted at 8:37 PM, Feb 03, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-06 11:13:13-05

DENVER — A 96-year-old woman was honored by the Denver Nuggets Friday for her work in the community.

Hattie Smith has lived in Denver over 70 years now, and she has led an incredible life.

Nuggets players Jeff Green and Vlatko Cancar surprised her with a meet-and-greet at Ball Arena, gifting her with tickets to the Feb. 15 game — which happens to be her 97th birthday.

Denver Nuggets players surprise 96-year-old fan

Smith is a trailblazer. She gave birth to the first Black baby at Fitsimmons Army Hospital, which is now known as Anschutz Hospital.

She fought redlining to own her home in Denver, and has volunteered for many causes.

She is the longest serving parishioner at Denver Central Baptist Church.

Smith told the players what Denver was like when she first arrived here.

"Mostly it was farmhouses. And Black people could only come up to Downing street," she said.

As for her birthday, what she wants is simple.

"I know I would never get the best of health, but just better health. That's all I ask. God, continue to bless me," Smith said.

The Nuggets learned about Smith through UCHealth. The hospital worked to coordinate the meet and greet and make the day special for her.