Fourth grade student ‘drafted’ by Ichabods
Sabetha 10-year-old Mallorie Schultejans signed a national letter of intent with the Washburn Ichabods’ women’s basketball team on Thursday, Feb. 6. While she won’t be playing for the team, her addition to the team is through a program called Team IMPACT.
Schultejans, a fourth grade student at Sabetha Elementary School, was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes late last year. In the midst of this battle, she was presented with the opportunity to join the Ichabods team through Team IMPACT — a Boston based non-profit that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming lifelong bonds and life-changing outcomes.
“Diabetes is difficult, because you can’t just eat the second you get your food and you can’t have snacks without dosing,” Schultejans said.
On Thursday, Schultejans participated in an official press conference and signing. She also attended and sat courtside with the team during their game against Missouri Southern.
“My favorite part of signing day was hanging out with the girls and signing,” Schultejans said. “I look forward to going to games and cheering them on.”
As a team member moving forward, Schultejans will have the opportunity to attend Ichabod practices, games, team dinners, events and more.
“We are extremely grateful for Team IMPACT giving Mallorie this opportunity and matching her with Washburn women’s basketball team,” said Michaela Schuletjans, Mallorie’s mom. “Mallorie and our family could not have asked for a more suitable match. Their coaches and players are exceptional role models and truly part of our family!”