(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – The 2017 season was a memorable one with Walsh's men's soccer team qualifying for the G-MAC tournament in its first year. However, there is another reason, or rather a person, that will have a lasting impact when reflecting upon this year.
This season the Cavaliers partnered up with Team Impact and signed Colton Lake to be a member of the team for not only this past season, but next year as well.
"It's an honor to be part of the Team Impact program and an honorary member of the Walsh Men's Soccer Team. I can already tell that it's going to be a great two years with the guys," said Lake. "I've heard a lot of funny stories on the bench and I have a blast sitting with them. I enjoy hearing about their experiences being on the team. Everyone has been very welcoming to me and my family, from the coaches to all the players."
"We are delighted to have Colton and his family join us as part of the men's soccer program here at Walsh," echoed Head Coach Andy Hoggarth. "The entire team has welcomed Colton in to the program and enjoy spending time with him and supporting him. Colton's involvement has definitely allowed us to put things in to perspective and continue to develop as a group both on and off the field.
Colton suffers from Crohn's Disease and has had to stop his sports participation due to his symptoms. Despite that, he doesn't let it dampen his outlook on life.
"I have always said that God chose me to have this disease because He knew that I could handle it," he mentioned.
Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit that connects children facing serious and chronic illnesses to local college athlete teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes. For more information, please go to goteamimpact.org. You can also check out everything Colton has been up to recently on his Facebook page.