Lacrosse Team at Notre Dame de Namur University “Adopts” Two San Carlos Youths

NDNU partners with Team IMPACT to provide support for eight-year-old with chronic illness

For Immediate Release (9/8/2017)

Belmont, Calif.—The men’s lacrosse team at Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) held a “signing” on August 31, 2017, to welcome to their team Tommy and PJ Gustafson of Santa Carlos, California. Tommy, who is eight years old and has a severe form of epilepsy, answered questions with his brother at a “press conference” following the signing.

Tommy and PJ with NDNU lacrosse team

“This is so important for Tommy,” said his father, Scott Gustafson. “Because of his medical condition, he’s unable to play sports, and this gives him the team experience.”

NDNU lacrosse coach Jon Black echoed the sentiment: “We’re thrilled that the partnership with this wonderful family has come to fruition. Both Tommy and PJ have such positive energy, you can’t help but be happy when you’re around them. Tommy’s perseverance and positive attitude is infectious and we’re beyond excited to start this academic year with them on the team.”

Tommy and PJ will attend home games and take part with the team in community service activities throughout the academic year.

Team IMPACT is a nonprofit organization that improves “the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team.”

About NDNU

Notre Dame de Namur University is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving approximately 1,700 traditional-aged and adult students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to access for diverse populations, academic excellence, social justice and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers a rich variety of undergraduate, graduate and credential programs. The historic, 48-acre campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit


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