The Michigan men's lacrosse team added a new member today.
Connecting through Team IMPACT, an organization that improves the quality of life of children with life-threatening or chronic illnesses, U-M "signed" Plymouth's Brendan Randolph.
A 14-year-old who battles medically intractable epilepsy, Brendan has permanent brain damage and developmental and speech delays. He suffers up to 40 seizures per month.
The Plymouth Scholars Charter Academy student has battled continuous seizures for the past 5 1/2 years.
Michigan held a news conference for him today, with his parents, JoAnne and Chris, in attendance. Brendan was given a practice pinny, a helmet, gear and cleats.
"We are so pleased to welcome Brendan to the Michigan lacrosse family," U-M coach John Paul said. "He is going to be an important part of our team. His teammates and coaches are excited to have him join us as we work to build an elite program."
The signing was part of "Draft Day," putting kids onto their local college teams and making them feel like part of the group at practices, games and social events through graduation.
A year ago, the lacrosse team connected with Miles Root through the Friends of Jaclyn program. Root battled brain cancer until his death in March.