The Arizona Sun Devils baseball squad signed 7 year old Connor Riordan to a national letter of intent this week, and he'll be forgo the rest of his semester of elementary school to join the Sun Devils on the diamond this week.
Connor was diagnosed with a brain tumor called Medulloblastoma/Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET) in January of 2006. The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, who match children that have been affected by pediatric brain tumors with college teams, were able to team up Connor with the 2010 Sun Devils. The team welcomed him with open arms, giving him his own locker in the team's clubhouse, as well as a personalized jersey.
Connor practiced with the Devils on Thursday afternoon and will throw out the first pitch on Friday as ASU opens Pac-10 play against Cal. He made fast friends with his new teammates, who have been communicating with him through his website. Team captain Raoul Torrez presented Connor with a baseball signed by the entire squad, telling Connor the ball wouldn't be complete until Connor signed it as well.
That's awesome. For more on Connor's story, ASU has a link to his personal story: