Nittany Lions Land Inspirational “Recruit”

Pediatric cancer patient signs on to be part of the Penn State basketball program.

The Penn State basketball program signed the best recruiting class in its modern history in early November, landing a pair of four-star prospects and a three-star player.

As impressive as that effort was, it pales in comparison to the young standout Pat Chambers and his team “signed” Monday.

Following a 69-49 win over Dartmouth at the Jordan Center, Chambers introduced his latest “recruit.” The boy, Isaac Bennett, was wearing a blue Santa hat and smiling as he took the main press conference podium.

“I've got some exciting news,” Chambers said. “Penn State basketball has made a huge signing today. His name is Isaac Bennett, he's been fighting pediatric cancer for a few years now.”

Chambers went on to explain that Bennett signed “a National Letter of Intent” to “be a part of our family.” It happened as part of the Friends of Jaclyn Program, which pairs children fighting pediatric cancer and their families with college and high school sports teams.

“We're really proud,” Chambers said. “Not only did we win, but we won with Isaac and our program got better today.”

Isaac, who during the game was introduced to the crowd via the BJC big screens, was presented with a No. 1 jersey “because he's our No. 1 recruit” and a “Certificate of Relentlessness.”

He received a nice round of applause from the press corps, as the no-cheering by the media rule was waived for the occasion.

“Thank you, and Merry Christmas,” Isaac said with a laugh. Then he wished everyone “happy holidays” on his way out of the press room.

You can check out the scene above.


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