Max Plansky doesn't have a 5-star ranking next to his name, but he brings a boatload of intangibles to your program.
The 14-year-old from Danvers, Mass. could've signed with any school in the nation but decided to stay true to his roots and ink his official national letter of intent with the Northeastern University men's basketball program Saturday.
According to WickedLocal.com, the signing was part of Northeastern’s participation in Team IMPACT—a program dedicated to improving the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses.
Max and his twin sister Megan were born prematurely, and Max has battled with the day-to-day rigors of severe cerebral palsy his entire life.
His disabilities haven’t stopped him from developing a deep love of sports, however, and his joy for the game was on full display when he signed his LOI at Northeastern’s Cabot Center in front of family, friends and his new teammates.
Northeastern’s head coach Bill Coen was present for the signing and was happy to have a young man of Plansky’s caliber officially commit to the program.
“I think Max is a special person who will make a difference in our program,” Coen said. “He faces adversity every day with a smile, possesses a never-give-up attitude and is committed to improving everyday. He is someone who will make each one of us better people.”
While Plansky’s condition has left him non-verbal, he is able to make his thoughts known via a communication device, which he used to field questions during the ceremony.
One of his new Huskies teammates asked him what he was most excited about, to which the teenager answered with succinct sincerity.
“I am most excited about being a part of the team."
There you have it, everyone. Young Max is already learning the ropes of the proper media interview. It’s all about the team, and it’s clear that the program at Northeastern has snagged itself a true game-changer.
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