COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Head coach Rob Vaughn and the Maryland baseball team signed top recruit, six-year old Mason Mazzuca of Olney, Md., at a Draft Day Ceremony in College Park on Sunday evening.
Mazzuca comes to the Terps via Team IMPACT. Mazzuca, who is battling All T Cell Leukemia, signed an official Letter of Intent and is now an official member of the baseball team. Mason will attend Terps events, including practices and games.
"I preach toughness to my guys on a day in a day out basis. The challenges our guys face day in and day out pale in comparison to what Mason has gone through and will go through,” Vaughn said. “He is the definition of toughness. He comes with a smile on his face and exudes pure joy. What a fun young man to be around and I can't wait to have him out on the spring coaching our guys up."
Mason had the opportunity to meet his teammates before putting on the Maryland uniform for the first time. Mazzuca then took the field at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium and had the chance to hit and throw.
Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit headquartered in Boston, MA that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes. Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 1,200 children with more than 450 colleges and universities in 46 states, reaching over 35,000 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.