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Houston Welcomes Newest Cougar

Oct. 20, 2017

HOUSTON – The University of Houston Men’s Basketball program officially welcomed the 16th member of its 2017-18 team on Friday morning when 9-year-old Nicholas Hickey signed an agreement with Head Coach Kelvin Sampson and the Cougars.

As one of triplets, Nicholas lives in Cypress, Texas, with his parents, Daniele and Damon Hickey. Together, the family joined Sampson and the Cougars on the practice court inside the Guy V. Lewis Development Facility with Houston Athletics staff and spirit group members to welcome the newest Cougar.

Sampson and the Cougars are working with Nicholas and his family through Team IMPACT, a non-profit organization, which looks to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team.

Diagnosed with epilepsy, apraxia of speech and autism, Nicholas faces challenges in communication verbally but remains a happy, young man, who enjoys playing any sports with a ball with his siblings.

After signing his name to the agreement, Nicholas played basketball with some of his new Cougar teammates and enjoyed taking photos with spirit group members.

The Cougars face Baylor at noon, Saturday, inside Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, in a Hurricane Harvey Relief exhibition game with all proceeds benefiting the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

Houston plays host to Angelo State in a 3 p.m., Nov. 5 exhibition game against Angelo State inside Health & PE Arena on the campus of Texas Southern and meets McNeese at 7 p.m., Nov. 10 in the regular-season opener for both teams.


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