Sept. 2, 2014
Photo Gallery WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army football program made it official on Tuesday afternoon, welcoming Friends of Jaclyn Foundation teammate Sean Callahan to the squad.
Callahan, 11, was adopted by the Black Knights in June as part of Hope Week and was presented a jersey from assistant coach Orlando Mitjans, Jr.
, during an event at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square.
Today, Callahan and his family visited West Point from Mahopac and met head coach Jeff Monken
and his new Army teammates. The family got a tour of Kimsey Athletic Center, the locker room and the Army Sports Hall of Fame. Callahan then signed his letter to officially become part of the Black Knights with the entire team and coaching staff looking on.
The team also had the opportunity to hear from Dennis Murphy, the founder of the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, and from Janine Callahan on the long journey that Sean and the family have been through since he was born. Callahan underwent his second stem cell transplant due to his brain tumor this summer and was connected to the Army football team through the foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children and their families who are battling pediatric brain tumors and to raise awareness.
The Friends of Jacyln Foundation came about in 2005 when Jaclyn Murphy became connected and later adopted as an honorary member of the Northwestern women's lacrosse team. She was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor as a 9-year-old, and was part of the team as Northwestern won the school's first NCAA championship.
Callahan loves to play sports and was going to stick around for football practice, but he had a commitment to his own youth team. He didn't want to miss practice with his friends and teammates. He will be back on Saturday for the home opener against Buffalo and he is schedule to do the coin toss at midfield prior to kickoff.
Army opens the Monken era and its 125th season on Saturday at noon at Michie Stadium.