COMMERCE — Nine-year-old Emerson DePaz of Greenville will become an official member of the Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s basketball team today.
DePaz, who is battling Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, is to sign an official letter of intent with the Lions during a special Team IMPACT Draft Day ceremony at 5 p.m. in the A&M-Commerce Field House.
As a team member, DePaz will attend Lions practices, games, team dinners, events and more.
Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit headquartered in Boston that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming lifelong bonds and life-changing outcomes. Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched 2,000 children with over 700 colleges and universities in 48 states, reaching over 55,000 participating student athletes. The child joins the athletic team and the student athletes join the child’s support team. Throughout the journey, the child gains strength, camaraderie and support while the student athletes experience lessons of courage, resiliency and perspective they can’t learn in a classroom.