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Landon Davis may not be able to play baseball like other 8-year-olds but he is a proud member of the Barton College baseball team.
Landon, who has severe hemophilia A with inhibitors, joined the Bulldogs in October through Team Impact, a national nonprofit that helps children with life-threatening illnesses connect with local college athletic teams. The addition of Landon to the Bulldogs was made official during a signing ceremony at the college.
On Tuesday night at the 44th annual Wilson Hot Stove League banquet, Bulldogs head coach Jim Chester revealed, with Landon in attendance, that Barton was named one of 20 finalists for the NCAA Division II Award of Excellence, in part through its connection to Landon.
“Our program is humbled to be among the 20 finalists,” Chester said in a release from the school. “Landon is a special part of our baseball family. The impact he has made in a short period of time is bigger than any win or loss.”
The winner will be announced Saturday at the 2019 NCAA Convention in Orlando, Florida. The winning school will receive $1,500 and a football game or basketball doubleheader “that will be featured in the 2019-20 regular season media agreement.”
All prize money, including the $500 for each finalist school, is intended for future community engagement events.