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Malachi Harris with Curry Colonels mascot
February 15, 2018

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Fourteen-year-old Malachi Harris of Stoughton, Massachusetts, says he "finally feels part of a team." 

In February 2018, the Curry College Men's Basketball Program recruited Malachi, an eighth-grade student at O'Donnell Middle School, to join their roster. Shortly after he was born, Malachi was diagnosed with Hemophilia B, and because of his condition, he cannot play organized sports.

The College partnered with Team IMPACT to help Malachi realize the power of team. Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes.

The Curry Basketball Team welcomed Malachi to the Colonels family during a special "Draft Day" ceremony. In front of his family and teammates, he made it official by signing his letter of intent. Next, he suited up in his Curry uniform, donning number 15, and hit the Katz Gymnasium for basketball practice, where he drained a sweet top-of-the-key shot in front of reporters.

Watch the video of Malachi's draft ceremony here

Malachi's new coach says drafting Malachi was the easiest recruiting decision he has ever made.

"It's not all about wins and losses. It's about how you can change someone's life and hopefully, we've done that for the better today," said Matt LeVangie, Men's Basketball Head Coach.

Sophomore Nick George is one of Malachi's mentors on the team.

"He just brings that extra energy, which is hard for us to get sometimes," said Nick. "Looking at him and watching him cheering us on from the sidelines motivates us."

Facebook: Check out the photos from Malachi's Draft Day

Malachi is the ninth child to join Curry Athletics through Team IMPACT. The College began its relationship with Team IMPACT in January 2012 when the Men's Hockey Team drafted 12-year-old Sean Bennett onto their roster. Since that time, Athletic Director Vinnie Eruzione has spearheaded the effort at Curry, and the baseball, football, women's lacrosse, softball, basketball, and volleyball teams have all drafted children onto their roster. 

Watch Malachi's Draft Day experience on WCVB Channel 5 (ABC) and WBZ Channel 4 (CBS)... 

Read his cover story in The Patriot Ledger...

Listen to what this experience means to Malachi's family on WBZ Newsradio 1030...