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Le Moyne basketball introduces pint-sized player

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Le Moyne basketball introduces pint-sized player
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Le Moyne Dolphins are currently 13-8 on the season.
Tuesday their team improved with a new name added to the roster: Nathaniel Henry.

"We can dribble and shoot hoops," said 6-year-old Nathaniel.

Nathaniel is shooting hoops with the Dolphins as part of the non-profit program Team IMPACT. It matches college athletic teams with children facing life-threatening diseases.
The 6-year-old was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia two years ago, but now he has an opportunity to take his mind off his health.

His father James Henry said, "[I feel] just joy that he's part of something. His school is really good; it makes him a part of things. He can't wrestle. The wrestling team wanted him to be there and now this is just amazing for him."

Nathaniel also received a team jersey and a locker with his name on it.

"Having Nathaniel actually join our team today and become a part of our team it's almost like giving a hug. Both parties have to extend themselves to receive it," said Le Moyne College men's basketball Coach Steve Evans.

And the team received more than hugs. They gained a new friend and someone who despite his age has many life lessons to pass on the game of life.

Guard Nathan Champion said, "Just one game, one bad game isn't as bad as you think. There's people out there with a lot bigger problems, than just the game. We're lucky to have each day. Adding him to our roster and on our team is really a blessing."

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