KENT, Ohio — Kent State University is welcoming a special addition to its men's basketball program. 

5-year-old Malyk Foster of Kent officially joined the Golden Flashes in a ceremony at the MAC Center on Monday, presented by Team IMPACT, a national nonprofit that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming lifelong bonds and life-changing outcomes. 

Malyk was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis in 2017.    

As a team member, Malyk will attend Golden Flashes practices, games, team dinners, events, and more. 

Monday's 'Draft Day' event featured Malyk signing an official letter of intent alongside his family and Kent State basketball coach Rob Senderoff. You can watch the festivities in the player below. 

Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 1,800 children with more than 600 colleges and universities in 48 states, reaching over 55,000 participating student athletes.