Eleven-year-old Brendan McMahon of Chicago was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was six. In a very cool move, DePaul men's basketball has signed him to a National Letter of Intent for this season.
DePaul has partnered with Team IMPACT, whose mission is "to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team." Muscular dystrophy is a genetic disorder that causes degenerative muscle weakness.
The school announced McMahon's signing with his very own press conference with head coach Oliver Purnell.
"We are tremendously excited about announcing the addition of Brendan McMahon to our program," said Purnell. "We have every confidence that bringing Brendan on board will strengthen the grit, the determination and the heart of our team."
"We have a saying in our program that when you give to others, you get twice as much in return," Purnell told McMahon. "And already today we've used your story as inspiration for our most important practice, the practice before the game. And I'm sure we will use you to inspire us tomorrow night and every game after."
You can watch Brendan's full press conference below:
- Molly Geary