Lipscomb signs 5-year-old boy on National Signing Day

Lipscomb signs 5-year-old boy on National Signing Day (Image 1)

Lipscomb University signed a five-year-old boy to play baseball on National Signing Day Wednesday.

Brooks Russell was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2012 and loves to play baseball.

When baseball coach Jeff Forehand and his coaching staff learned of Brooks' passion and diagnosis, he decided to make the youngster part of his 2014 signing class.

“We just thought that in his situation, it would be a good thing to add him to our family,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand.

On hand for Brooks to sign his letter of intent were current players, coaches, cheerleaders and members of the media.

Forehand said he wanted Brooks to experience a real Signing Day experience.

“To let him know that it's a similar thing we do with all recruits. Everybody signs a national letter of intent, sign scholarship papers and all of that,” he explained.

Brooks' mother, Kari, said the young boy was diagnosed with a benign tumor when he was three-years-old. Doctors removed the tumor but it left him paralyzed for 6 weeks.

“He was using a walker for about two weeks,” said Kari. “It was a slow process, much like watching a one-year-old learn to walk.”

Brooks signed the letter of intent to play for the Bisons, but had little to say to the media gathered for the event.

“It's more exciting than I could have imagined,” he said.

Forehand told News 2 the letter doesn't add to his 2014 signing class and it wasn't an actual offer of a scholarship.

He added that he hoped Brooks would someday play for Lipscomb.

“He better come to Lipscomb. If he's a good player, if he keeps progressing and talks about the hitter he is, hopefully in 15 years maybe he'll be the same type hitter and become a Bison,” said Forehand.

Brooks' big day was helped made possible by the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation which helps children suffering from pediatric brain tumors.

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