FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Courtesy of Colby-Sawyer Athletics Communications
NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Colby-Sawyer men's basketball team officially signed 12-year-old Charlie Reeve out of New London, N.H. as the newest member of the Chargers family on Wednesday evening after being matched through Team IMPACT.
Boston-headquartered national nonprofit Team IMPACT, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing serious and chronic illnesses through the power of team, along with Colby-Sawyer Men's Basketball, held a special Draft Day celebration for Charlie on Wednesday, December 12 at the Hogan Sports Center. Charlie was diagnosed in 2006 with Cerebral Palsy.
Surrounded by Colby-Sawyer men's basketball players, family and friends, Charlie signed his Letter of Intent to join the Chargers. Head coach Bill Foti shared some warm remarks about Charlie joining the team before players presented Charlie with a signed photo and lots of Colby-Sawyer swag.
Through Team IMPACT's program at Division III Colby-Sawyer College, the top recruit became an official member of the men's basketball team. As a team member, Charlie attends Chargers practices, games, team dinners, events, and more.
Charlie becomes the second current member of the Chargers family through Team IMPACT, joining Addyson Stadler of the Women's Soccer team.
Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit headquartered in Boston, Mass. that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes. Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched nearly 1,600 children with more than 500 colleges and universities in 49 states, reaching over 50,000 participating student-athletes. The child joins the athletic team and the student-athletes join the child's support team. Throughout the journey, the child gains strength, camaraderie and support while the student-athletes experience lessons of courage, resiliency and perspective they can't learn in a classroom.
Team IMPACT has more than 1,000 teams waiting to be matched with children, ages 5-16, who have been diagnosed with a serious or chronic illness and who could benefit from becoming a member of the team. If you know a child who may be interested, visit www.goteamimpact.org for more information.