Chronically ill 4th-grader recruited by college hockey team

Baboon College men's hockey assistant captain Rob Devaney, of Reading, Mass., left, and captain Charlie Ackerman, of Bradenton, Fla., right, assist Coleman Walsh, 10, of Walpole, Mass., on the ice following ceremonies held to sign an official letter of intent, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in Wellesley, Mass., to induct Walsh to the team. Since birth, Coleman has been fighting Williams syndrome, a developmental disorder that affects numerous parts of the body. The induction was organized by Team IMPACT, a national nonprofit that connects colleges with youngsters dealing with debilitating or life-threatening illness. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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

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

The men's ice hockey team at Babson College in Wellesley is 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.

Accompanied by family members and friends, Coleman is scheduled to sign an official letter of intent with Babson. He will then be able to attend practices, games, team dinners and other events.

Team IMPACT says it has paired more than 1,200 children with 450-plus colleges and universities around the U.S.

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