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.