BEVERLY, Mass. – November 16th, 2013 will forever be a historic day for the Endicott football program that celebrated their second New England Football Conference (NEFC) Championship in four years. But only a few hours before the final whistle blew on the field at Endicott Stadium and the NEFC trophy was hoisted by the Gulls, a relationship with a special recruit and future member of the Endicott football program was just beginning.
Ipswich High School student Vince Skelton, 15, stepped into the Hospitality Suite on the second floor of the Post Center that overlooked the newly renovated North Field along with several other recruits and learned what Endicott football was all about, where the program was going, and how he could be a part of the team's future success. The only different between Vince and the other young men in the room is that Vince has cerebral palsy, a congenital disease that attacks physical development mainly in the areas of body movement.
His disability will keep him from putting on a helmet and pads and getting onto the gridiron but through the program's relationship with Team Impact, Vince will be as much of a presence on the Endicott football team as any other coach or player. Team Impact, which has joined the effort of raising the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses, works with team-based support networks to match a child with an organization and help cultivate the relationship so that meaningful bonds are formed.