The Team IMPACT foundation was created to match up children facing life-threatening illnesses with college sports programs, with both sides benefitting from the connection. While the child gets the experience of being part of a team, which can also boost morale as they fight illness, the team benefits as well from connecting with someone who can serve as an inspiration.
The latest to benefit is the Boston College men’s basketball program, which on Friday announced that it has “drafted” 9-year old Quinn Amsler to its team.
Amsler was diagnosed with sarcoma in April, and a bad reaction to chemotherapy treatments resulted in a hospital stay that spanned multiple months. Amsler is currently undergoing physical therapy and chemotherapy, and Boston College head coach Jim Christian wasted no time in making the youngster a part of the program.
“Sometimes you just meet a young person and you know they have the qualities you want,” Christian said in the release. “We want toughness. We want young people who understand that when adversity hits, you tackle it head on with a positive attitude.
“And then you want to be an inspiration for others. There was no doubt in my mind that when we met Quinn, that he is what we want in this program.”
The Eagles, who with the addition of Amsler are now up to nine newcomers on their 2015-16 roster, open the regular season November 14 against St. Francis-Brooklyn.
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