FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University men’s basketball team along with Team IMPACT is pleased to announce the very special signing of 12 year old Colton Humphrey.
On Wednesday afternoon, Colton was drafted to the Midland Warriors’ team as part of the Team IMPACT initiative to pair local youth with college athletic teams. Colton has been courageously battling cerebral palsy and is from nearby Blair, Nebraska. He and his family were recognized prior to the men’s basketball game on Wednesday night against Briar Cliff University.
After suffering a stroke during birth, both sides of Colton’s brain were impacted by a lack of oxygen, and the outlook was not very positive for the boy. The complications he suffered at birth resulted in spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, and while he is mostly wheelchair bound, he is making strides toward using his walker full time.
Blind in both eyes, Colton is still very much aware of his surroundings and loves high fives, fist bumps, and connecting with his older peers on his new team. He has a competitive spirit and loves playing games such as Old Maid and Jenga. He has a zest for life: He has never said “I can’t” or “I won’t” and is often times harder on himself than anyone else.
Colton has had over fifty surgeries in his young lifetime, most recently in July to reconstruct his right leg, followed by another surgery to remove the screws in August. He is scheduled for another major surgery to remove his saliva glands later this year.
As a Warrior, Team IMPACT hopes to see Colton become more optimistic, happier and altogether have a better quality of life through his participation in team activities.
Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts 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 nearly 1,600 children with more than 500 colleges and universities in 49 states, reaching over 50,000 participating student-athletes.
To learn more about Team IMPACT, click here.