Baseball gets a new teammate in 13-year-old Kobe Huynh

Photo by Tom Leonard '78
Kobe Huynh, 13, and Alex Parker '15 of the Bates baseball team chat during a team dinner at Dining Commons on Jan. 31, 2014. Huynh joined the Bobcats through Team IMPACT. (Sarah Crosby/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- At a special dinner held Friday evening at Dining Commons on campus, the Bates College baseball team introduced its newest member, 13-year-old Kobe Huynh, from neighboring Auburn.

"Kobe brings a level of toughness and resilience that is very impressive and hopefully something that is contagious to our group," said head coach Mike Leonard

Kobe has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. He and his family were put in touch with Bates baseball through Team IMPACT, a non-profit that matches children like Kobe with college athletic teams, in the interest of improving their quality of life. Kobe will participate in team activities throughout the upcoming season.

"The decision to partner with Team IMPACT was an easy one for me and our team," said Leonard. "We have a tremendous group of student-athletes who are all excellent role models. In particular our Team IMPACT leadership council -- Sam Berry, Alex Parker, Conor Reenstierna, Ryan McCarthy, and John Dinucci -- are going to be very involved with welcoming Kobe to the team."

The Bobcats open the 2014 season on Feb. 18 with a four-day, seven-game swing through Georgia. Bates plays at Berry at 2pm on Feb. 18 in Rome, Ga., followed by a 5pm game at Berry against Covenant.

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