Since Wednesday morning's signing, Brooks Russell's story has been picked up by news outlets across the country and on CNN Headline News. Below are links to several of the local stories.
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With a 2015 recruiting class that already ranks in the top-100 nationally, the Lipscomb baseball coach Jeff Forehand has added a 5-star recruit to the group with the signing of Brooks Russell to a National Letter of Intent.
Touted as an unbelievable talent by the recruiting experts, Russell is not your typical 5-star recruit who is choosing whether to go the college route or wait to hear his name called in the Major League Baseball draft. You see, Russell is five years old and is battling a pediatric brain tumor.
“In signing the letter of intent, you can know that the Lipscomb Baseball program will promise Brooks and his family that we will be actively invested in his life as a player, person, brother, son, and teammate” said Forehand. “Teammates Matter is what we pride ourselves on and with Brooks it will be no different. As coaches we are thrilled to have Brooks and his family on our team and as a part of our family of Bisons.”
The entire Lipscomb baseball staff is thrilled to have Russell as part of the Bisons program.
“It’s an honor to sign Brooks to a letter of intent with the Bison family,” said Lipscomb baseball recruiting coordinator Brian Ryman. “Guys like Brooks have a passion for the game of baseball and will make each one of us better.”
Russell was paired up with the Lipscomb program through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation that helps improve the quality of life for children and their families who are battling pediatric brain tumors.
“We are honored and excited for Brooks to be a part of the Lipscomb family and we are extremely thankful for Friends of Jaclyn for helping to make this happen,” said Keri Russel. “Lipscomb just picked up one heck of a baseball player! Go Bisons!”
Brooks will also serve as bat boy for the Bisons when his schedule allows.
For more information on Friends of Jaclyn Foundation visit. www.friendsofjaclyn.org.