The Merrimack College men’s and women’s tennis teams are in the midst of training before heading to Queens College for the ITA Regionals this weekend, but that didn’t prevent the program from welcoming a new member to their team.
Head coach Aaron Bergeron, in conjunction with Team IMPACT, announced the addition of Logan Debrocke to the program in a ceremony held at North Andover High School yesterday afternoon.
Both the Warriors men’s and women’s tennis teams were on hand to welcome Logan into their family. Bergeron presented Logan with a mock National Letter of Intent that Logan and his parents signed.
Women’s tennis captains Shakee Messina (Caracas, Venezuela) and Rachel Muller (North Andover, Mass.), as well as men’s tennis captains Vince Bellino (Amesbury, Mass.) and Miguel Belfort (Caracas, Venezuela), presented Logan with Merrimack-labeled clothing and gear. Logan received a brand-new tennis racket and the team hosted a pizza party on the courts to get to know the Debrocke family.
Logan becomes the latest relationship forged through Merrimack Athletics and Team IMPACT, which enriches the lives of young children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team
Logan, 7, is a resident of Methuen, Mass. who lives with his mother, father and 4-year-old sister Avery. Logan was born three months premature and suffered from a brain bleed. As a result, he was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy. He goes through various therapies to help with his muscle control. Logan participates in swimming and horseback riding sessions as part of his physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Logan is a lefty who was born on Christmas Day. His favorite hobbies include playing video games and watching SpongeBob SquarePants. Wrestling is Logan’s favorite sport and his favorite athlete is WWE-star John Cena.
Through his immediate connection and camaraderie with the tennis teams, Logan and the Warriors are going to be a perfect match moving forward. He will serve a vital role in cheering on the women’s team as they currently play in their championship season, and will continue in the spring when the men’s team begins their Northeast-10 slate.
About Team IMPACT
Team IMPACT aims to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. They do this by matching these courageous kids with local 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. The child gains great strength, camaraderie and support and the student athletes are taught lessons about courage, resiliency and life perspective that they can’t learn in a classroom. Through a structured relationship management methodology, we establish and cultivate these relationships to ensure a successful experience for the families and teams involved.
Mike McMahon covers Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike is also on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN