6-year-old joins Springfield College baseball team


A 6-year-old from Wilbraham became an honorary member of the Springfield College baseball team on Monday with a special draft day signing.

John Hart joined the team through a non-profit called Team IMPACT which connects children who have illnesses with college athletic teams.

John was diagnosed in 2012 with a gastrointestinal disorder. But on Monday, a special draft-day signing was held and he became a member of the Springfield College baseball team. 

John’s parents told 22News how great this experience was for their son. “It’s amazing. This experience is unbelievable. The baseball players are fantastic, great gentlemen. It’s remarkable to have this opportunity.”

Several Springfield College sports teams participate in the Team IMPACT program every year.

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