Category: EDU - General (staff use only)
Published: Oct 23 2013 5:18PM
Just prior to the men's soccer game last Friday, the Raptors drafted 14-year-old Andrew Christianson in a mock signing ceremony, which allowed Andrew to become the team's newest member.
Christianson is a young man who for the last two years has fought pre-b cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, responded well to treatments, and has started the maintenance phase of his therapy. Christianson's dream is to one day play collegiate soccer, and Montgomery College helped him get a step closer by collaborating with Team IMPACT, a local nonprofit organization chartered to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illnesses. Team IMPACT's children are "drafted" onto local college teams and, to the greatest extent possible, become official members of the team for the duration of their treatment and beyond.
Christianson stood alongside his mother to sign a Montgomery College national letter of intent, declaring him to be a team member and allowing him to provide support to the men's team as they complete the remainder of their fall 2013 season. The team erupted into cheers as the signing ceremony took place, and one teammate of the highest scoring soccer team in the nation even called out to Christianson "we're winning nationals now, baby!"
Congratulations to Andrew, Coach Pedro Braz and the rest of the MC men's soccer team as they embark on the drive to bring home a national championship.
For more information about Team IMPACT, visit http://www.goteamimpact.org.