Dragons basketballers make local child’s dream come true

Members of the Tiffin University men’s basketball team surprised a 9-year old student with a draft spot on the team Friday.

Since 2008, Sam Roszman, a third-grader at Krout 2-3 Elementary School, has suffered with a brain stem tumor.

The offer to become part of the team is part of TU’s participation in Team IMPACT, a non-profit organization chartered to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses.

Friday, Sam was given the official letter announcing him as an official Dragon. He is to get the chance to attend games, practices, trainings and everything in between he would like to attend, said Coach Jerry Buccilla.

“We hope to be a huge support group for Sam,” said Joe Graessle, senior team captain. “He and his family are going through a hard time and we just want to be the support he needs.”

In addition to becoming a part of Team IMPACT, last year, student athletes from TU and The University of Findlay decided to become “Wish Granters” for a young girl named Addison who had been diagnosed with a disease called soft tissue sarcoma.

Addison’s wish was to go to Nickelodeon Water Park so she could swim with the dolphins. Both teams have had T-shirts made with the message #addisonswish to generate donations for her wish.