Ryan Crook, age 8, signs with Ranger baseball

April 28, 2017

Regis University has signed Ryan Crook its seventh current and ninth overall Team IMPACT student-athlete to the baseball team. Ryan became a member of Ranger baseball, signing his "Commitment to Participate" in front of his family and new teammates in late March.

Ryan is 8 years old and lives in Centennial, Colorado, with his parents, brother Will, 14, sister Jamie, 11, and a dog, Josie. Ryan was diagnosed with chronic inflammation of the esophagus, which causes difficulty eating and swallowing foods. Ryan undergoes food therapy to help create and maintain healthy eating habits.

"Commitment to Participate," Ryan agrees to:

1) Adhere to all Regis University rules and regulations that pertain to students;
2) Attend as many practices, competitive events and training sessions during the season and off-season as able;
3) Hangout in the dugout with the team during any home event;
4) Cheer on his teammates on the field;
5) Participate in organized campus and community service under the guidance of appropriate University agencies (this may include other sporting events at Regis University, ice cream parties, rough housing and general play time);
6) Continue to be a positive influence in the lives of his new teammates; and
7) Maintain quality school work

Get to know Ryan:

What one word best describes you? Fawsome (That's funny and awesome.)
Dream vacation destination? Universal Studios Florida for Harry Potter
Favorite movie: Guardians of the Galaxy
Favorite athletes/idol: Harry Potter and Toby Games
Favorite number: 7
Favorite food: Cheese pizza
Favorite TV show: AFV (America's Funniest Home Videos)
Favorite movie: Kung Fu Panda 3
Favorite cartoon characters: Mickey Mouse
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite singer/band: I love Capital Cities' song “Safe and Sound”
Favorite activities: Computer games, baseball, playing with friends, listening to music and Cub Scouts

Team IMPACT is a nonprofit based in Boston whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Since its inception in 2011, Team IMPACT has matched 1,100+ children to more than 450 colleges and universities throughout the country. The child athlete gains great strength, camaraderie and support, and the college athletes are taught lessons about courage, resiliency and life perspective that they can’t learn in a classroom.

Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. Regis University has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jennifer Forker at 303.458.3537 or jforker@regis.edu.