Terminally ill child signed to Marshall’s Basketball Team

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018, was a special day for one young man who signed his letter of intent to play for Marshall University. 

Marshall’s new star-player, 8-year-old Calvin Fields, is working on his assists in inspiration. Calvin plays defense against cystic fibrosis. 

Marshall University basketball player, Jarrod West, said about his newest teammate, “He’s always at practice having fun and enjoying everything he’s always tried to help.”

Neal Skaggs, the Director of Operations, said “Calvin’s been to quite a few practices since he joined us last year. I think he’s in everything from keeping o’clock, got a few buckets, rebounds, passes.” 

Calvin‘s mom said it is not just the basketball team, but the entire Marshall community that has been so supportive during all this. She said thanks to the nonprofit team impact, more awareness is being brought to cystic fibrosis.

“Just us being there for him and him just brushing it off like it’s just nothing it’s just life you know what I mean I know it’s hard a lot of respect for him and his family,”  said Jannson Williams, a Marshall Basketball Player.

Bay-Lee Power, of Team Impact, told us, “It is so important. As cystic fibrosis affects a child’s immune system they can’t be around any other kids with their diagnosis so it’s kind of limiting in that way but having the team there they treat him just like is another kid.”

When we asked Calvin if he could pick to play with any player on the team who would he play with? He replies, “Hmmmmm Marco!”

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