He’s 13 years old, stands 5 feet 3 inches and weighs 103 pounds… Meet the newest member of the University of Maine at Presque Isle men’s basketball team.
“Feels pretty good,” said Nicholas Krause.
Nicholas is an 8th grader who loves to play sports… But sometimes, playing isn’t so easy. Two years ago, Nicholas found out he had epilepsy- a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions.
“Sometimes they slow down his processing, his skills,” said his parents, John and Teri Krause. “It wipes out his memory so sometimes, he doesn’t know which way to run, what position he plays, or who’s who on the team.”
So becoming a member of a collegiate team wasn’t going to be a walk in the park… Until now. On December 10th, Nicholas signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for UMPI– a dream made possible by Team Impact.
“I felt kind of special,” said Krause.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for us to get involved with the community, give back, and to adopt Nick as the newest member of our team,” said UMPI men’s coach Jim Casciano.
Nicholas was the center of a press conference held Tuesday afternoon, signing on the dotted line to officially become an UMPI Owl. Throughout the entire thing, he couldn’t stop smiling from ear to ear- his teammates looking on.
“It’s a great feeling adding someone like that to our team, making him feel part of a team,” said player Michael Warner. “The guys are excited to have him on board and hopefully he’s excited to be with us as well.”
While Nicholas is an official member of the Owls, he won’t be participating in practices or playing in any games. But he will be in the crowd… not just cheering on his new friends, but cheering on his new teammates.