PHOTO GALLERY - PRESS CONFERENCE
STORRS, Conn. -- The UConn men's soccer team received a special National Letter of Intent on Tuesday afternoon, as thirteen-year-old Maddox Bruening joined the program through his participation with Team IMPACT.
A native of South Glastonbury, Conn., Maddox was joined by his parents Joey and Sherry -- as well as the UConn coaching staff and team - to watch him sign his LOI and become a member of the Husky family.
Assistant coach Andy Parker spoke at the press conference and welcomed Maddox to the program, offering him a UConn jersey, hat and soccer scarf as his first official team gear as a member of the Huskies.
"It's an exciting day here at UConn. We're happy to have Maddox as part of our team," said Parker at the start of the press conference. "We know he will offer us way more than we could ever offer him."
As for Maddox, an avid fan of UConn men's soccer, he took the opportunity to express his gratitude for being the newest member of the program.
"I'm very excited to join the team. I've met most of the guys and I am happy to be here," said Bruening, who said he plays midfield.
After he signed his official letter, Maddox took questions from his teammates - including one that asked who his favorite player was. Bruening answered with sophomore Niko Petridis, since he met him before any other player.
When asked what his major would be at UConn, Bruening said either "science or engineering." Lastly, when asked if UConn would win a national championship this season, he gave a definitive "yes."
Maddox has an illness known as eosinophilic esophagitis, a chronic condition that causes inflammation of the esophagus. Team IMPACT, a nonprofit based in Boston, has the mission of improving 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 over 1,200 children to more than 450 colleges or universities in 46 states. Maddox is the latest participant to join the UConn Athletics family and the men's soccer team is thrilled to have him aboard.