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WILMINGTON UNIVERSITY BASEBALL TEAM DEDICATES CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON TO MUSCLE CHAMPION, MIKE SMITH

WilmU Baseball Team Dedicates Season to New Wildcat Teammate

NEW CASTLE, DE - The Wilmington University Baseball Team finished an impressive 2018 season this spring. The Wildcats were crowned Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Champions; winning twice against Felician University to claim their first championship since 2015. Coach Brian August and team were thrilled to earn another championship for the record books; however, the Wildcats were ecstatic to be crowned champions in honor of a specific teammate.

Mike Smith, a 22 year old Wilmington University student, was signed to the Wildcat Baseball Team by way of Muscle Movement Fnd. Founder/President, Rob DeMasi and WilmU Head Baseball Coach, Brian August. Mike is living and overcoming the effects of duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD); a genetic disease that causes muscle degeneration and weakness throughout the body. Despite the obstacles Mike endures, he has furthered his education at Wilmington University and has served as the Official Muscle Movement Fnd. Delaware State Ambassador since 2015!

      Coach Brian August and Wildcat seniors welcome Muscle Champion, Mike Smith, to the team!

    Coach Brian August and Wildcat seniors welcome Muscle Champion, Mike Smith, to the team!

On Thursday, May 24th, the Wildcats celebrated their victorious season at an end of the year awards ceremony located at Timothy’s of Newark in Newark, DE. Coach August presented many awards to his elite scholar-athletes. The final award was a special MVP award, which was presented to one player who demonstrated consistent resiliency, strong character, and remarkable attitude. Coach August presented this award to Muscle Movement Fnd. signee, Mike Smith; in addition to, several tournament awards that the team earned throughout the season, and a special envelope. Enclosed in the envelope was $2,000, which Mike’s teammates individually fundraised for him throughout the season! The contributions from the team will directly empower Mike Smith with life-changing accommodations.

  MMF President, Rob DeMasi (left), Wilmington University Director of Athletics, Dr. Stefanie Whitby, Head Baseball Coach, Brian August (right), and Muscle Champion, Mike Smith!

MMF President, Rob DeMasi (left), Wilmington University Director of Athletics, Dr. Stefanie Whitby, Head Baseball Coach, Brian August (right), and Muscle Champion, Mike Smith!

  The WilmU Wildcats Baseball Team rally around Muscle Champion, Mike Smith, for a 2018 team picture to celebrate their championship season!

The WilmU Wildcats Baseball Team rally around Muscle Champion, Mike Smith, for a 2018 team picture to celebrate their championship season!

Jackie Smith, Mike's mother, made her way to the front of the banquet room to address her son's fellow teammates and families. Emotion moved through Jackie's mind and body, bringing tears to her eyes.

Thank you to all parents for raising such fine men, who have fully embraced him. And I never thought I would attend a sports banquet where Michael would be honored. During our tough times, we have came across a lot of angels, and this year his angels have helped him through the sport of baseball. And I am so thankful, so so thankful..
— Jackie Smith
                       Jackie Smith and Mike Smith smile for a picture during signing day 2018.

                     Jackie Smith and Mike Smith smile for a picture during signing day 2018.

It takes a team of Wildcats to fight muscle disease! Special thank you to Coach Brian August for embracing the Muscle Movement Fnd. annually. The strength of a team is special, and the Muscle Movement Fnd. and the Smith family are grateful for our Wildcat family.

 

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