HOUSTON - The Houston Football program announced the signing of 15-year old Jacolby Rogers Friday afternoon in the Carl Lewis Auditorium on the Houston campus. Head coach Tony Levine was on hand to welcome Jacolby, his mother, Wilores Johnson, Jacolby's twin sister, NaTaschia, and older brother, Christopher, as Jacolby signed his letter of intent to officially join the Cougars.
Jacolby was diagnosed with Renal Disease in 1999 at the age of one. He underwent a kidney transplant six months later. Unfortunately, by the age of three his body had rejected the transplant, and he has been on dialysis since. Although his dialysis treatments are three times a week, every week, year round, he never complains and is a true fighter. His condition is chronic, and he is on a transplant list, waiting for a donor.
In signing his letter of intent to join the Houston program, Jacolby agreed that his favorite football team is the Houston Cougars and that he will wear red on every Cougar Red Friday and every Houston gameday.
As a member of the Houston Football program, Jacolby agreed to provide his best effort in school and will give the Houston staff updates on his academic progress throughout the year. He also agreed that in addition to his twin sister, NaTaschia, and older brother, Christopher, he has gained over 100 new brothers by signing with Houston.
Jacolby, whose favorite musical artist is Michael Jackson, enjoys playing video games and drawing.
This Signing Day event was facilitated by Boston-based nonprofit organization, Team IMPACT, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Team IMPACT children are drafted on to local college athletic teams and, in effect, become official members of the team from Signing Day through to graduation, attending practices, games and social events while forming unparalleled relationships with the student-athletes and coaching staffs.
ABOUT TEAM IMPACT:
Team IMPACT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Team IMPACT children are drafted on to local college athletic teams and, in effect, become official members of the team from Draft Day through to Graduation. At Team IMPACT, they envision a future where the lives of children facing the hardships associated with adverse issues and events will have access to expanded team-based support networks in order to significantly enhance their quality of life and to fill their lives with more love and laughter. Team IMPACT also strives to provide team-based organizations everywhere an easy and efficient way to have a powerful impact on the lives of children in their community. Established in 2011, Team IMPACT has already matched over 400 children with collegiate teams, improving the quality of life of hundreds of courageous children and touching the lives of over 10,000 student athletes. For more information, please visit: www.goteamimpact.org.
2014 FOOTBALL SEASON TICKETS
Houston fans can guarantee a place in history by purchasing season tickets for the first season in the new TDECU Stadium. Season tickets are currently on sale starting at just $140 as are Memorial Hermann Family Plan four-pack season tickets, two adult and two youth, for just $299. Lower-level reserved season tickets start at just $200.
Fans interested in purchasing Houston Football season tickets for as low as $140 for seven games can contact the Ticket Sales department online or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
Houston opens the 2014 season at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29, when it hosts UTSA in the first game in TDECU Stadium.
2014 FOOTBALL MINI PLANS
For those Houston fans who are unable to make it to TDECU Stadium all season, three-game mini plans are available for purchase for $99.
The three-game mini plans give Houston Football fans two options - the opening game of TDECU Stadium vs. UTSA on Friday, Aug. 29, and any other two games this season, except for the Oct. 2 game vs. UCF, or the aforementioned Oct. 2 game vs. UCF, the 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion, and any other two games this season with exception of the TDECU Stadium opener on Aug. 29. The remaining five games for UH fans to pick from consist of 2013 bowl game participants UNLV and Tulane along with Temple, Tulsa and Grambling State. Fans can purchase mini plans here or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
YOUNG ALUMNI TICKET INFORMATION
University of Houston alumni from the last five years (2010-14) can purchase season tickets for just $125 (upper levels) and $175 (lower level) in specially designated Young Alumni sections with a multiplier of four times donations to Cougar Pride giving levels for the first five years after graduation. Each ticket consists of a $25 Cougar Pride donation with the four times Young Alumni multiplier, resulting in a $100 donation credit and a Cougar Pride parking pass in the TDECU Stadium Garage. Young Alumni can purchase tickets here or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
GROUP TICKET INFORMATION
Single-game group ticket sales for the inaugural season in TDECU Stadium are now on sale via the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Groups of at least 10 or more can purchase tickets starting at just $21 per person to any of Houston's seven home games, including 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion UCF, by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by clicking here.