JACKONVILLE, Fla.- There was not an empty seat in sight inside the 2017 Team IMPACT press conference Thursday afternoon, as the Jacksonville University men's lacrosse team signed a player with an inspiring story. Nathan Ream, a 13-year-old Jacksonville, Fla. became the newest member of the Dolphins during the event, signing an official letter of intent.
The event was organized by national nonprofit Team IMPACT, a Boston-based organization that aims to impact the lives of children battling serious chronic illnesses by partnering with a team. Ream was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2013.
"We couldn't be more excited to welcome Nathan and his family to our Jacksonville lacrosse program," Head Coach John Galloway said. "Nathan is an unbelievable young man, whose fought more battles than most of us have ever had the chance to experience."
Through the support of Team IMPACT, along with Galloway and the JU men's lacrosse team, Ream, a top recruit, now becomes an official member of the squad, receiving an official team jersey and JU lacrosse gear. He will now have access to attend Dolphins games, practices, team events, and other activities.
"I think he'll being a lot of toughness and a lot of smiles to our team throughout the next couple of years, and I look forward to having the chance to work side-by-side with him as we go into this season," Galloway said.
Through the signing of Ream and other children ages 5-16 with life-threatening illnesses, Team IMPACT has sponsored the signings of over 1,200 kids with nearly 500 colleges and universities in 46 states, with over 35,000 student-athletes participating.