Keller ISD seventh-grade pitcher/first baseman Jaiden Mehta is the newest member of the Texas Wesleyan baseball team after signing on Monday, in partnership with Team IMPACT.
Team IMPACT is a national non-profit headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming lifelong bonds and life-changing outcomes.
The signing day took place inside the Baker Building on the campus of Texas Wesleyan. The event included an introduction from Coach Bobby Garza, presentation of his jersey and press conference.
Mehta was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2017, but it has not slowed him down or stopped him from inspiring others. He’s also a member of Wipe Out Kids Cancer Ambassador and the Hope Squad, a suicide prevention organization. Mehta also holds the distinction of being the youngest U.S. born black belt in Hapkido, a style of martial arts, accomplishing the feat at 9.
“Always keep a positive mindset,” Mehta said in a press release.
Many of Mehta’s other accomplishments include co-founding with his two brothers, Baked By Three, a boutique bakery that uses only plant-based, organic goods. A portion of sales go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hostipal. He also serves as the basketball manager on his middle school team and likes to play the violin, practice Jiu Jitsu, draw and listen to Garth Brooks.
Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 1,700 children with more than 500 colleges and universities in 49 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.