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Pitt-Johnstown Baseball Team Helping Dream Come True

Boy with illness signs on with team

By: Melanie Gillespie and Ed Albert

RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- It was a different kind of signing day at Pitt-Johnstown on Wednesday.

A 4-year-old boy is now on the roster for the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown's baseball team, but this little boy has a chronic illness.

That's why he was selected to take part in Team Impact.

UPJ is one of the few schools in the state taking on the program.

Brandon Miller, 4, is deaf and can only speak a few words, but he's getting the chance to live like a collegiate athlete with this program.

"[The program] sets up kids with special needs with a college sports team and there were none in Pennsylvania yet, I contacted them on a Saturday," said Brandon's mom, Jill Miller. "Monday they started their search."

By signing on as a new teammate, Brandon gets to go to games, practices, and ice cream socials.

The team even visited him at his preschool the past two days.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times