UConn baseball team adopts 5-year-old battling leukemia

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The University of Connecticut baseball team welcomed its newest member: 5-year-old Grayson Hand of Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

Hand, who is battling leukemia, joins the Huskies with the help of Team IMPACT, an organization that matches children with life-threatening and chronic illness to college sports teams.

The Hartford Courant (http://cour.at/1Hdb3NN ) reports seniors Carson Cross and Blake Davey were inspired to get involved with the Boston-based organization after hearing positive stories from the UConn men's hockey team, which also welcomed a youngster to their team.

Hand will have his own locker and can attend as many games and practices as he likes.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

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