An Inspirational IMPACT
By Katherine Turner
Special to GoHolyCross.com
The Holy Cross men's hockey team has added a major impact player to its roster. The Crusaders have partnered with Team IMPACT, which is an organization that strives to better the lives of children with illnesses. Seventeen year old Sean Hamilton, who has Cerebral Palsy, has become a member of the Holy Cross hockey family. “They said when I was born that I couldn't make it,” said Hamilton. “But look, I'm 17 years old and I am talking and having a good time. You have to prove those people wrong sometimes.”
Head coach David Berard is excited to welcome Hamilton to the team. “I'm looking forward to having Sean's presence in our program,” said Berard. “For someone to have such a positive outlook on life and to keep this positivity no matter what his setbacks have been, that's a good message for our team. He's a person that embodies a lot of the things that we talk about: mental and physical toughness, grit, and persevering through adversity. You see how positive he is and the optimism he has and it's really a great message for everyone in our program.”
Junior T.J. Moore has been inspired by Hamilton's positivity. “His motivational speaking is one of the biggest things he will bring to the team,” said Moore. “He's a very positive person and there's many times a lot of the guys could use a positive influence around them.”
Sophomore Tommy Nixon is also looking forward to the positive energy Hamilton will bring to the team. “He'll bring a couple laughs to us, a couple smiles to us, and whenever it gets a little hectic for us, he'll be able to bring us up,” said Nixon. “He is definitely going to help the team's mental toughness.”
Junior Matt Scarth knows the team can learn a lot from Hamilton. “He's been through a lot and has overcome it, and I think there's a lot we can learn from him in our own personal lives,” said Scarth. “Just having him around and hearing his story, his jokes, his love for engineering, he's going to be a special kid to be around and we're happy to have him.”
Freshman Kevin Darrar knows Hamilton is a great addition to the team. “He's going to bring a really great dynamic with his mental toughness,” said Darrar. “Even though he's going through a lot, he's still the positive, fun loving kid that we see today. Going through the low times of our season, I think that's going to be one of the factors that help us get back and get into the win column. He's going to show us all how to be a little more mentally tough throughout next year.”
Hamilton's message of perseverance is extremely inspiring and the impact he will have on his new teammates will not be measured by wins or losses but by friendships that will last for years to follow.
For more information on Team Impact please visit their website: www.goteamimpact.org.