PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 18, 2014) – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team welcomed a special visitor to practice on Thursday, as Branchburg, N.J., native Matt Fertig came out to meet the Scarlet Knights.
Matt, who was born premature and diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy, is a junior at Somerville High School. He spent a day in the life of a Rutgers lacrosse player, attending practice, breaking down the post-practice huddle and hitting the weight room with the student-athletes.
Following practice, Matt was presented with a Rutgers lacrosse t-shirt and jersey, officially becoming a part of the Rutgers lacrosse family.
Head coach Brian Brecht has been in contact with Matt for several months, sending him information about the team.
The men’s lacrosse team and Matt were connected through Team IMPACT, a program designed to match courageous kids with college athletic teams. Team IMPACT children are drafted onto the team and become an official member of the team from draft day through to graduation. The child joins the athletic team and the student-athletes join the child’s support team.
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