Xavier Signs 12 Year Old Trey Couch

Michael Hickey

Trey Couch, a 12 year old with cerebellar degeneration, signed a national letter of intent to play for Xavier. Trey, currently a member of Team IMPACT, will spend a good deal of time with the Musketeers this year.

Cerebellar Degeneration is every bit as nasty as it sounds. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, "cerebellar degeneration is a process in which neurons in the cerebellum - the area of the brain that controls coordination and balance - deteriorate and die." There is currently no cure, and perhaps even worse, no exact explanation for why it occurs.

Trey Couch, a 12 year old from the Cincinnati satellite suburb Liberty Township, was diagnosed in 2010 with the disease. On Monday, as part of Team IMPACT, Trey became an official part of the Xavier basketball family. While Couch wanted #15 (which Myles Davis will wear) he ended up with the #12 jersey most recently made famous by Brad Redford. Couch ended up with the locker next to Semaj Christon's.

Team IMPACT exists to improve the quality of life of children facing life-threatening or chronic illnesses. In their own words:

Going as far back as 1960 when football players from Middlebury College started "Picking up Butch", athletic teams have been adopting kids onto their team to the benefit of all parties and participants.

Through the power of teamwork, these courageous kids are provided a cherished diversion from their medical realities and benefit greatly from an unparalleled support system.

In a world of feeling distanced and disconnected because of their medical, social and physical adversities, these team-based friendships provide an incredibly vibrant outlet for the child to feel the powerful bonds that come from being part of something bigger.

Xavier University is now the latest school to join with Team IMPACT. Hopefully, Trey enjoys his time with the team.

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