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WashU Baseball drafts 9-year-old to the team

There's a new Bear on Washington University's campus in St. Louis and he's only 9-years-old. (Credit: KMOV) There's a new Bear on Washington University's campus in St. Louis and he's only 9-years-old. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

There’s a new Bear on Washington University’s campus in St. Louis and he’s only 9-years-old.

“Not many 9-year-olds get to do this type of thing,” Connor Grant said.

He’s a bit smaller than your average recruit to the WashU Baseball team, but he’s the real deal. He’s already having a major impact on his teammates and he was only drafted on Sunday.

Connor has cystic fibrosis and is from Barnhart.

Connor’s mom said during his press conference Sunday that “he’s a strong, tough, never give up kid, we needed a little magic in our lives”.

Connor’s day had it all: a press conference, new team jersey and hat and even his own locker next to his teammates who he’s already impacting.

“I certainly think it can help provide our boys with perspective on how to process what really matters and how to understand they have a platform to help make a difference and have a transformative impact on the lives of other people,” said Head Baseball Coach Pat Bloom.

Connor’s big day is part of a program called Team IMPACT.

It’s a national nonprofit that connects kids facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses with college sports teams for some support.

“Our goal is really to inspire young people to reach their full potential and this is a part of that, not just in the classroom, in competition, but also in the community,” said WashU Athletic Director Anthony Azama.

Since Connor is now a member of the Washington University Baseball program he’ll attend Bear practices, games, team dinners, events, and more. 

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