SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Western New England University men's basketball team partnered with Team IMPACT to sign 12-year old Adam Saada of South Windsor, Conn. on Saturday (Nov. 30) afternoon at the Alumni Healthful Living Center.
During the Draft Day event, Adam signed a letter of intent to officially join the men's basketball team. Adam was joined by members of the team and head coach Colin Tabb.
"We're very excited to officially welcome Adam to our team," said Tabb. "Adam has shown how much he enjoys the game of basketball and our guys have already formed a special bond with him. We've loved having Adam around and we're excited we can call him a Golden Bear!"
Adam has been battling Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) since 2017, when he was diagnosed with the disorder.
As a member of the team, Adam will attend practices, games, team dinners and other events. He was on the bench for the Golden Bears' 93-79 win over Roger Williams following the Draft Day ceremony on Saturday.
Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit headquartered in Boston, MA that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming lifelong bonds and life-changing outcomes. Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 1,800 children with more than 600 colleges and universities in 48 states, reaching over 55,000 participating student-athletes. The child joins the athletic team and the student-athletes join the child's support team. Throughout the journey, the child gains strength, camaraderie and support while the student-athletes experience lessons of courage, resiliency and perspective they can't learn in a classroom.