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Bearcats soccer team signs 7-year-old boy

Bearcats soccer team signs 7-year-old boy (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – University of Cincinnati men’s soccer welcomed its newest team member on Friday when Brycin Kidder signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Bearcats.

A 7-year-old from Middletown, Brycin suffers from a connective tissue disease known as Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome (EDS). The huge soccer fan was paired up with the Bearcats through Team IMPACT, a national organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team.

Brycin has fit right in with his teammates, previously spending time with his fellow Bearcats, including the team leaders who helped organize the initiative.

Kidder and UC men’s soccer will have a quick turnaround to competition on Saturday, April 7, when the team hosts Bellarmine for a 4 p.m. kickoff at Gettler Stadium. Brycin will be introduced along with his teammates, serve as the honorary team captain, and will participate in the pre-match coin toss. Admission to the spring friendly will be free of charge.

A national nonprofit headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Team IMPACT 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 more than 1,400 children with more than 500 colleges and universities in 47 states, reaching over 50,000 participating student-athletes.

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.

Information courtesy UC Athletics

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