FRANKLIN, Ind. -Franklin men's soccer made an early-season addition to their roster on Wednesday (Sept. 5) night, welcoming Mooresville, Ind.-native Jackson De Poy to the roster as the team's first signing in a partnership with Team IMPACT.
"It's a big day for us as a program but most importantly it's a big day for Jackson," Head coach Cody Graman said during the event. "We're extremely happy to have him as a part of the program. Every time he shows up, he's got a big smile on his face and he's ready to watch us. His attitude brightens the guys' days and that makes an impact on us."
"He's not afraid to let you know when you're not playing well," Senior defender Trey Floyd added. "But we love having him on the sidelines. His passion for the game shows every time he comes out to the field and the guys feed off that."
Following the remarks from Graman, Jackson put pen-to-paper and signed his letter of intent, officially becoming a Grizzly. He was then welcomed by the members of the Franklin men's soccer team with official team gear for him and his family. Afterwards, the Grizzly players celebrated with their new teammate with a social gathering and pizza that allowed Jackson to do what he loves most: hanging out with his teammates.
Team IMPACT is a New England-based organization that seeks to pair children with life-threatening illnesses and injuries with university and college sport teams as a social aspect to their lives.
The Grizzlies will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 8, when they take on Fontbonne University at the Robbie Dreher Soccer Classic, hosted by Wabash College. Kick-off is set for 1:00 p.m.