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15-year old cancer patient to play for Bellarmine in Sunday’s exhibition at Louisville

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Sunday afternoon the Louisville Cardinals will play their second exhibition of the 2014-15 season, hosting Bellarmine University at the KFC Yum! Center. Rick Pitino’s team will face a special opponent on Sunday as well, with 15-year old Patrick McSweeney joining the Bellarmine roster according to Dana O’Neil of ESPN.com.

McSweeney, nicknamed the “Fighting Irishman” by his family, is fighting leukemia for the third time in his young life. And thanks to the Team IMPACT program he’ll go through a full day with Bellarmine head coach Scott Davenport’s team, including participating in their pregame meal, riding to the arena with the team and he’ll be in their starting lineup as well.

“Patrick was just speechless,” Debbie McSweeney, Patrick’s mother, said. “Basketball is this kid’s favorite sport. Having Bellarmine, having something that’s normal, that’s the key. With all of these treatments, all the isolation, normal disappears.”

McSweeney will take part in the entire day – from the pregame meal, to the walkthrough, to the bus ride to the arena, to, if all goes well, the first bucket.

“He’s going to blow by Terry Rozier, go by Chris Jones and score a layup,’’ Davenport said. “We’ll just be sure to tell Montrezl Harrell not to block it.”

Also of note is the fact that, with McSweeny scheduled for an experimental treatment on Monday, Pitino has taken care of the family’s airfare, hotel room and transportation in Philadelphia. The treatment, according to the story, is reserved for patients who have not responded to chemotherapy.

This event is a great gesture on the part of both the Bellarmine and Louisville programs, and here’s to hoping that Patrick McSweeny beats cancer once and for all.

VCU announces addition of 17-year old Morgan Vega to basketball program (VIDEO)

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The VCU basketball program announced an important addition Thursday, with head coach Shaka Smart welcoming 17-year old Morgan Vega to the program. The connection came to be thanks to the Team Impact program, which connects children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses with college athletic programs. Vega, a longtime fan of VCU basketball, suffers from cerebral palsy.

During the press conference Smart introduced to the assembled media not only Vega but his mother and younger brother as well. And with the entire team in attendance Vega signed his National Letter of Intent, thus becoming a member of the VCU program. Above is a video of the event, courtsey of VCU Athletics.

H/T VCU Ram Nation

Rutgers announces addition of 11-year old Sean Moffitt to program

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Thursday was a special day for the Rutgers basketball program, as head coach Eddie Jordan announced an addition to the team roster. This isn’t your standard addition either, with the questions about what the newcomer can provide focusing on scoring, rebounding and other basketball-specific categories. The addition is 11-year old Sean Moffitt, who signed a letter of intent to become a Scarlet Knight though the Boston-based Team IMPACT charity.

Shortly after his birth Sean, who was born with hemiplegic cerebral palsy, suffered a stroke which resulted in his having limited use of his right arm and right leg. In a story written by Jerry Carino of MyCentralJersey, Moffitt’s mother discussed not only the impact of the stroke on Sean’s mobility, but also how special of an occasion this is for the lifelong Rutgers fan.

“This is really amazing for him,” mom Beth Moffitt said. “He may not have the opportunity to be on a college basketball team. And he’s always wanted brothers.”

Though Sean has limited use of his right arm and right leg, he gets around pretty well with the leg in a brace.

“He can’t tie his shoes, can’t hold a fork and a knife, things we take for granted every day, but he’s a fighter,” Beth Moffitt said. “If someone says he can’t do something, he finds a way to do it.”

During the summer Moffitt was visited by three Rutgers players, forwards Junior Etou, Kadeem Jack and Greg Lewis, and according to the school release they are his three favorite players. Head coach Eddie Jordan, who presented Moffitt with his own jersey at the press conference, stated that Sean will be able to attend practices and games whenever he wants.

With Sean and his family living in nearby North Brunswick, hopefully Moffitt can attend practices and games on a regular basis. Because for as much of a benefit as a situation like this is for the child, it benefits the players and coaches as well.