PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph’s baseball program welcomed its newest addition on February 9 as Mason Wyckoff, 7, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, joined the Hawks via a Team IMPACT Draft Day Ceremony.  Mason officially joined the squad at the program’s 10th annual Lead-Off Dinner and Hall of Fame Induction, held at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

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 organization has linked nearly 1,700 children with more than 500 colleges and universities across 49 states, and over 50,000 student-athletes have participated in welcoming new teammates through Team IMPACT.

“Tonight was a big night for our program,” head coach Fritz Hamburg said at the event.  “It was really fantastic to be able to officially welcome Mason into our SJU Baseball family.  With each opportunity we have to spend together, we gain a better understanding of the challenges Mason is experiencing on a daily basis.  For as excited as we are to help give him a lift, I honestly can say that he is doing the same for all of us.”

Mason was diagnosed in 2013 with common variable immune deficiency, leaving him highly susceptible to infection. As a new Hawk, Mason will attend practices, games, team dinners, events, and more.

“Mason is a super young guy that has a great smile and gives off a happy vibe every time we see him; no complaints, just all smiles,” Hamburg said.  “Who doesn't want to have the opportunity to be around a person like that?  I'm very glad for all of us that Team IMPACT connected Mason and our program and we are really looking forward to him being an instrumental part of our team.”