The University at Buffalo women's soccer team added an inspirational new member to the program on Thursday, as 9-year-old Clarence native Sarah Reid, diagnosed at birth with spina bifida, was welcomed warmly to the squad.
Through a collaboration with Team IMPACT, a not-for-profit organization that helps kids suffering from permanent disabilities find larger meaning within a caring team, the Bulls adopted Reid as their own, awarding her a No. 26 jersey, welcoming her at a news conference and showing her to her own locker.
Entering fourth grade at Ledgeview Elementary, Reid has persevered through a birth defect meaning "split spine," which required her to endure her first surgery at 2 days old and paralyzed her from the waist down.
Watch the video, below, shot by UB Athletics, starring Reid, Bulls head coach Shawn Burke and captain Carissima Cutrona.
Kudos to the Bulls team and the University at Buffalo for making a special memory off the pitch.
UB hosts Canisius College in a Big 4 rivalry match at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at UB Stadium - it's our BN Soccer Match of the Week, which you can read more about here. Also, learn more about the college path of Cutrona, one of the best local high school players in recent memory.
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