Brown Lacrosse Team Makes it a Day to Treasure for Cranston 12-Year Old

Brown news release…

Providence, R.I., – Nicholas Cioe, a 12-year old who has survived mitochondrial disease since birth, has been drafted by the Brown University Men’s lacrosse team today in a signing ceremony at the Pizzitola Sports Center.  The signing ceremony took place in the men’s lacrosse locker room.

Nicholas and the Bears’ lacrosse team were connected through Team Impact, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by establishing and expanding vibrant team-based support networks. Based in Quincy, Mass., Team Impact matches kids with needs and their families with schools throughout the country with amazing medical results.

Nicholas and his parents, Laura and Kevin, were present at the draft ceremony in the Brown lacrosse locker room along with the entire Brown men’s lacrosse team, including head coach Mike Daly. Team Impact board members, Matt Daniels and Jay Calnan, were also present at the draft.

“This is about as special a day as we can have,” said coach Daly.  “Working with Team Impact is far more important than anything we’re doing with our lacrosse team. Team Impact is what I envision as our job, and I welcome Nicholas to the Brown community.”

The day started at the Western Hills Middle School in Cranston, RI, when Nick and his parents were picked-up by several members of the Brown lacrosse team at 1:45 pm.  The bus arrived at the Pizzitola Sports Center at 2:50 pm, with greetings by coach Daly, lacrosse team members and Bruno, the Brown mascot.

At the press conference, coach Daly welcomed Nicholas into the Brown lacrosse family, and presented him with a jersey and locker.  Nicholas accepted, said a few words and signed his national letter of intent. An autograph session and pizza party followed the signing ceremony.

Nicholas is 12 years old and from Cranston, RI. He was diagnosed at birth with Mitochondrial Disease. He also is affected by seizures, spastic muscles in his legs, and temperature instability issues. All of these side effects have a great toll on his energy levels. When he is tired he has a wheelchair he uses to take breaks and regain his strength. He is doing well right now and is enjoying going to his new school. He also was just granted his wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to go to Disney for a week in November. With all that Nicholas battles through, he truly epitomizes what it means to be a fighter and is sure to be an inspiration to his new teammates. 

Nicholas’ favorite number is 21 and his favorite color is bright blue. He loves to play and watch sports, play on his PlayStation, swim, ride his scooter, go camping, kayaking, and cook. His favorite singer is Adam Levine and he is a big fan of Maroon 5. His athletic idols include Gronk, Tom Brady, Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, Tuukka Rask, and Gordon Ramsey. He loves to eat steak and any form of potatoes. He enjoys watching Master Chef, American Ninja Warrior, The Voice, America’s Got Talent, Home Alone, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Elf. The family also has many pets. Fenway is a 5-month-old puppy that is being trained to be Nicholas’ service dog. They also have an eight-year-old dog named Max, two cats, Lady and Hazel, a bunny named Sasha and two fish! 

The Brown Lacrosse team is working hard this fall/winter in preparation for the 2017 season. The team is excited to add Nicholas onto their roster. According to the team, their biggest rival is Yale. Hopefully, Nicholas can bring his team some luck when they face off in the regular season.