FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WORCESTER, Mass. – Assumption held its fourth annual Yan and Jose Perez Spring Game this past Sunday and this year the biggest play of the contest took place at halftime with a surprise presentation for Yan Perez and his family from Prime Motor Group and Team IMPACT.
Nine-year-old Yan Perez from Worcester was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008, and four years ago was drafted to the Assumption football team through Team IMPACT, a nonprofit based in Boston which matches children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses to college athletic teams.
The Perez family has recently had car trouble, which makes it impossible to travel to and from Yan's treatments. Team IMPACT supporter Prime Motor Group heard about the family's struggles, and at halftime presented them with a brand new Toyota Sienna, surprising the entire family by driving it on to the field.
The Perez family was taken aback and after hugging head coach Bob Chesney they, along with the entire football team, set off across the field to examine the brand new vehicle. The joyous atmosphere continued throughout the second half and once again the spring game concluded with Yan getting a chance to score a touchdown.
He received the ball at the 40-yard line and weaved around defenders all the way to the endzone for the touchdown, where he was prompted lifted up by the team for a celebration.
About Team IMPACT & The Perez Family
Team IMPACT's mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Since its inception in 2011, Team IMPACT has matched 1,100+ children to more than 450 colleges and universities throughout the country, reaching over 35,000 participating college athletes. The child gains great strength, camaraderie and support and the student athletes are taught lessons about courage, resiliency and life perspective that they can't learn in a classroom.
For more information about Yan and his family, visit their Go Fund Me (https://www.gofundme.com/wheels-for-yan) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/YansFighters). To learn more about Team IMPACT, visit www.goteamimpact.org
Information for this release provided by the athletic communications staff at Assumption.
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