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(BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) -- The Indiana Hoosiers football team recently welcomed the newest member of their team, Drew Shouse of Westport.
The 8-year-old was born with a heart defect and has overcome three open heart surgeries in his young life. He also lives with chronic lung disease.
He was nominated for the Team Impact experience with the Hoosiers. Team Impact is an organization that matches children facing illness with college sports teams.
The Shouse family traveled to Bloomington this weekend to meet Drew's new teammates and the experience did not disappoint.
"The kids were quite literally on cloud nine today! They got to play around with some of the players after the scrimmage and Drew met four of the guys who have been sending him messages and videos," Drews mother, Asleigh said.
Drew will be associated with the program for the foreseeable future and will lead the Hoosiers out of the tunnel when they face Ohio State.
He asked us, “Since I’m getting adopted, do I have to sleep here, too?”
We told him that he was just getting adopted to be apart of the team, not to live with them every day, never a dull moment with our Drew Bug," Ashleigh added.
IU does have a Decatur County connection with Greensburg grad Sam West playing for the team.
Drew is a big sports fan and has also felt the support from his beloved South Decatur Cougars basketball team.
Watch this video which aired on The 812 back in May of 2022: