Baseball Team Signs Ill 7-Year-Old

The University of Hartford baseball team officially made seven-year-old Thomas Hastings a Hawk on Saturday when he signed his letter of intent. With the help of the Team Impact foundation, the Hawks were able to make Hasting’s dream come true.  

Four red chairs, three university baseball caps on a red draped table and a legal Hartford Athletics document was the scene where Hastings made his decision. Accompanied by his family, Hastings gladly picked the Hawks baseball cap in the middle, officiating his decision to join their program.

Proudly wearing the Hartford Hawks baseball cap with a mix of adolescent innocence and gratification, the seven-year-old baseball lover with muscular dystrophy also has his own locker in the locker room.


“It’s a pleasure for us to issue the University of Hartford letter of intent. In signing this document you can be assured that our program will make the following promise to you and your family, ‘Our program vows to be active and fully invested friends, brothers, and teammates in your life, we are proud and excited to welcome you into our family. Sincerely, Blood, and the rest of the Hawk family.” said Coach Justin Blood.


Assisted by his mother Hastings then officially signed the letter of intent. He ended his monumental day by posing for a picture with his new teammates, with a smile as big as the team itself.