Chronically Ill 4th Grader Signs Letter Of Intent To Play At Babson College

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AP – WELLESLEY, Mass. A Massachusetts college’s newest varsity athlete is a 10-year-old chronically ill boy who is being recruited more for his spirit than his slap shot.

The men’s ice hockey team at Babson College in Wellesley is formally welcoming Walpole fourth-grader Coleman Walsh to the squad. Tuesday’s induction is being organized by Team IMPACT, a national nonprofit that connects colleges with youngsters dealing with debilitating or life-threatening illness.

Since birth, Coleman has been fighting Williams syndrome, a developmental disorder that affects numerous parts of the body.

Big get for the Beavers of Babson, one could even say huge. Coleman Walsh signed his national letter of intent this week to be apart of the Babson College men’s hockey team. Coleman, a 4th-grader from Walpole, Massachusetts has been fighting Williams Syndrome his entire life and now gets to attend all Babson College hockey games, practices, events and even team dinners. (“Team dinners” is definitely the best perk. anyone who has ever been to a team dinner knows there is literally no better food in the world).

Stories like this really can just make your day. It’s pretty crazy when you think about it, that a Division-3 hockey team can have such a meaningful impact on someones life. The Beavers big signing of highly recruited Coleman Walsh even got the attention of Walpole native and Anaheim Ducks forward Chris Wagner.

Babson opens up their season on October 28th against Salem State and I expect nothing less than a victory now that they have added the highly touted and highly recruited Coleman Walsh.