Team Impact3Leontae Parker, a 12-year-old Buffalo resident, has officially joined the Daemen College men’s basketball team through a partnership with Team IMPACT, a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by matching them with college athletic teams.

Parker was introduced by head men’s basketball coach Mike McDonald at a press conference held in November.

“We are excited to have Leontae as a member of the Daemen Wildcats,” MacDonald said. “I’ve been involved with kids from Team IMPACT in the past, and I’ve found it to be a very rewarding experience, both for the child and the family as well as for our student-athletes. We are pleased to have Leontae as a member of our basketball family.”

Team IMPACT children are drafted on to local college athletic teams, and, to the greatest extent possible, become an official member of the team. Established in 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 570 children with collegiate teams at over 270 institutions in 42 states, improving the quality of life of hundreds of courageous children and touching the lives of more than 20,000 student athletes. More information is available at www.goteamimpact.org.