ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team has announced the signing Brendan Randolph to a National Letter of Intent Monday (Nov. 24). Randolph will join the squad as a member of the 2023 class, head coach John Paul announced.
U-M inked the 14-year-old Randolph of Plymouth, Mich., through Team IMPACT, an organization that's goal is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team.
Brendan, who was born at the University of Michigan hospital, suffers from medically intractable epilepsy, which came from a sagittal sinus venous thrombosis at birth that causes permanent damage to areas of his brain. Due to the damage, he suffers from developmental and speech delays and suffers an average of 35-40 seizures a month. Currently, he uses two treatments for his epilepsy in anti-seizure and a Vagus nerve stimulator (VNS). He has been in a phase of non-stop seizure activity for the past five-and-a-half years. He currently attends Plymouth Scholars Charter Academy.
After attending a team lifting and conditioning session, Randolph, along with his mother JoAnne and father Chris, was the main attraction at a press conference held at U-M's Crisler Center Media Room. Alongside senior attackman Mike Francia, the team's community service liaison, the lifelong Wolverine fan then signed his letter of intent to become a Wolverine.
At the draft press conference, Brendan was presented with a No. 5 practice pinnie (his favorite number), a winged team helmet, a stick, practice apparel and cleats.
"We are so pleased to welcome Brendan to the Michigan lacrosse family," said Michigan head coach John Paul. "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 "Draft Day" was facilitated by Boston-based nonprofit organization, Team IMPACT. Children are drafted onto local college athletic teams and, in effect, become official members of the team from Draft Day through to graduation, attending practices, games and social events while forming unparalleled relationships with the student-athletes and coaching staffs.
Team IMPACT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Team IMPACT children are drafted on to college athletic teams, local to where they live and, in effect, become official members of the team from Draft Day through to Graduation. At Team IMPACT, they envision a future where the lives of children facing the hardships associated with adverse issues and events will have access to collegiate team-based support in order to significantly enhance their quality of life in a number of ways, including; socially, psychologically, physically and academically. Established in 2011, Team IMPACT has already matched more than 570 children with collegiate teams at more than 270 institutions in 42 states, improving the quality of life of hundreds of courageous children and touching the lives of more than 20,000 student-athletes.
This is the second time in as many years that the U-M program has taken part in the inclusion of a life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team, as the team adopted Miles Root through the Friends of Jaclyn program during the 2013 season. Root passed away on March 6, 2014, after battles with brain cancer.
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