Bates tennis gets a new teammate: 6-year-old Kody Pike
LEWISTON, Maine — Prior to the Bates women’s and men’s tennis teams’ home matches with MIT this Saturday, the Bobcats will introduce their newest member: 6-year-old Kody Pike, from nearby Livermore Falls.
Kody was diagnosed in 2008 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common type of cancer found in children ages 1-7 years old and the most common form of leukemia found in children. Since then, he has undergone three years of chemotherapy, which he finished in November.
Today Kody is learning how to get back into a more typical routine, and that’s where Team IMPACT and Bates tennis come in.
Team IMPACT, described on its website as “a non-profit chartered to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illnesses across the Northeast,” matches children like Kody with college athletic teams.
“The enthusiasm on both sides is amazing,” said Maura Mahoney, Team IMPACT’s director of of outreach and communications. “We know this is going to be a great experience.”
The Bates women’s team takes on MIT at 11am, but the introductions beforehand, featuring both teams and Kody, just might be the most memorable part of the day for all involved.
“Both the men’s and women’s teams are so excited to have Kody join our team,” said head coach Paul Gastonguay. “Kody is a very special kid and has an amazing inner strength and positive attitude. We can all learn a lot from Kody and we are looking forward to spending time with him on and off the court.”
Bates’ home tennis matches, including Saturday’s doubleheader against MIT, can be followed via live video streaming.