Through its partnership with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team recently adopted, or "signed," Marquise Long, a dynamic 5-year-old boy with a smile that lights up a room.
The foundation pairs children battling pediatric brain tumors with college and high school sports teams. The teams give these children and their families love, support and friendship as they fight the disease.
Since its founding in 2005, the foundation has connected hundreds of teams with children throughout the United States and Canada.
To commemorate Marquise's pairing with the Blue Jays lacrosse team, Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala and Friends of Jaclyn Foundation founder Denis Murphy teamed for his special "signing day." See video of Long's ceremony below:
Four years after he first did a story on her, Baltimore native Frank Deford of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" did a follow-up story in October on Jaclyn Murphy, whose namesake foundation was inspired by her deep connection to coach Kelly Amonte Hiller (Maryland) and the Northwestern women's lacrosse team.
After developing a malignant brain tumor as a child, Murphy was adopted by the team, which then won five straight national championships from 2005 to 2009. Watch both of Deford's poignant stories here.
Read more about the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation here.