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10-year-old Bend boy joins PSU men’s basketball roster on Draft Day
Author: PSU Communications
Posted: April 6, 2018

Portland State University men’s basketball team and Boston-headquartered national nonprofit Team IMPACT, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing serious and chronic illnesses through the power of team, with will hold a special Draft Day celebration for 10-year-old Stryder Doescher of Bendon on Wednesday, April 11 at the Peter W. Scott Center on the PSU campus. Stryder was diagnosed in 2010 with epilepsy and connective tissue disorder.
 
Through Team IMPACT's program at Portland State University, the top recruit will become an official member of the men’s basketball team. As a team member, Stryder will attend Vikings practices, games, team dinners, events and more. 
 
On Draft Day, Stryder will sign an official Letter of Intent to join PSU’s basketball team.  Portland State University Director of Athletics Valerie Cleary and Men’s Basketball Head Coach Barret Peery will provide special remarks. 

Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit headquartered in Boston that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes. Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 1,400 children with more than 500 colleges and universities in 47 states, reaching over 50,000 participating student-athletes. The child joins the athletic team and the student-athletes join the child’s support team. Throughout the journey, the child gains strength, camaraderie and support while the student-athletes experience lessons of courage, resiliency and perspective they can’t learn in a classroom.