April 25, 2016
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BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State men's tennis team welcomed Samuel Lee to the program Monday afternoon at the Appleton Tennis Center in Boise. As part of the Team IMPACT program the Broncos signed Samuel, a 12 year old from Parma, Idaho, to a draft sheet making him an official member of the team.
Samuel has touched the hearts of the Boise State men's tennis team this spring as they first met and got to know him. Samuel is a young man who has struggled with medical issues since his birth.
As a part of the Team IMPACT program the Broncos chose Samuel as their Impact Kid earlier this spring. Since then, he has attended all of the Broncos' home matches helping cheer the team on to a 10-1 home record.
This past Thursday the team helped Samuel celebrate his 12th birthday at Wahooz. The group spent the evening riding go karts and playing laser tag. Samuel led his laser tag team to the win over coach Greg Patton's squad.
Saturday, Samuel was present at the Broncos' final two home matches of 2016 as they recorded a sweep over Gonzaga (5-0) and Idaho (4-0).
The festivities concluded Monday afternoon during a special "Draft Day" ceremony at the Appleton Tennis Center where Samuel and the Boise State coaching staff signed the Team IMPACT Draft Sheet in front of his family, Bronco team members and local media making him an official member of Boise State's men's tennis team.
Welcome to Bronco Nation, Samuel and GO BRONCOS!!!
What is Team IMPACT?
Team IMPACT attempts to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team.
They do this by matching these courageous kids with local college athletic teams. Team IMPACT children are drafted onto the team and become an official member of the team from draft day through graduation. The child joins the athletic team and the student-athletes join the child's support team.
The child gains great strength, camaraderie and support, while the student-athletes are taught lessons about courage, resiliency and life perspective that they can't learn in a classroom.