Penn State Football Invites 9-Year-Old Cancer Patient To Practice

Penn State football hosted its 2019 honorary signer, Sawyer Bell, for a practice day just before the spring practice event on Friday.

Bell is a 9-year-old cancer patient who has now joined twice Team IMPACT, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting children with life-threatening illnesses with college athletics teams. On National Signing Day in 2019, Penn State signed the then 7-year-old Bell to a honorary contact to make him officially one of the 28 members of the 2020 recruiting class.

This year, Bell spent time with James Franklin, received signatures from the team, and even beat Journey Brown in a round of Madden.

“Thanks to our most important man, Sawyer, for stopping to practice and destroy us!” Penn State footballers said in a tweet. “Oh, and he secured Madden’s win over JB too!”

Bell was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a very dangerous cancer that affects skeletal muscle cells. He is one of hundreds of children who have received one-off opportunities from Team IMPACT since the late 1960s.

Team Impact and the Nittany Lions have had a strong relationship for years. For example, in 2018 Penn State softball signed Aunnah Nagel, a then 14-year-old fighting neurofibromatosis, to the team.

Additionally, Penn State football has had some healthy experiences this week. James Franklin wished a happy birthday to a 100 year old super fan during FaceTime last weekend.

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