SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Indiana University South Bend baseball head coach Doug Buysse announced the signing of five-year old Thomas Kabelis to a National Letter of Intent, making Kabelis the youngest member of the IUSB baseball team. Kabelis was paired with the Titans through Team IMPACT.
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Kabelis, a native of New Carlisle, Ind., was diagnosed with a condition known as mitochondrial myopathy and intractable epilepsy when he was a year and half old. The condition is progressive, but right now he is experiencing a plateau phase, which means he is not decreasing in any skills. His disease makes the muscles really weak, which makes running and chewing food difficult for him.
He will be a member of the Titans baseball team for the next two years. Kabelis officially signed his contract on Friday, Sept. 20 inside the Student Activities Center alongside his mom and twin sister with the entire IUSB baseball team welcoming him to the team.
The relationship between Thomas and the Titans is all made possible by Team IMPACT, a non-profit organization that helps children forget about their illness and become a part of something bigger.