If you have been on Facebook recently, you may have seen a few posts calling for a TCU Baseball scholarship to be established in Micah Ahern's name. Micah, whose story most Frog fans are familiar with, is a young patient fighting Neuroblastoma, but has found great joy in being a part of the TCU Baseball program - and in turn, became the inspiration for the players both on and off the field.
He has his own locker, has signed a letter of intent, and is a presence on the field and in the dugout - when he can't be there in person, he is still close in spirit - his superhero emblem adorns the hats and gloves of many of the players, a t-shirt bearing his name hangs in the dugout, and catcher Evan Skoug writes his name on his tape and in the dirt behind home plate before every game. While his battle rages on - the Ahern family announced recently that young Micah would be entering hospice care soon - his legacy will now last forever.
Here is the official release from TCU Baseball, as posted on Facebook today (Wednesday):
We are so thrilled to announce that, due to the generosity of many donors, we have been able to create a baseball scholarship in Micah Ahern’s name! It is fitting that this scholarship will be awarded every year to the student-athlete who embraces the notion to Never Ever Give Up and who possesses the strength and courage that our Superhero, Micah, embodies every day.
If you or someone you know is interested in giving to this scholarship, here is the information below:
To Give Online
(1) Please go to: https://epay.tcu.edu/
(2) Reference “Micah Ahern TCU Baseball Scholarship” in the Comments box
To Give by Phone
(1) Please call the TCU Frog Club Offices at (817) 257-7700
To Give by Check
(1) Please make checks out to “Micah Ahern TCU Baseball Scholarship”
(2) Mail to:
TCU Frog Club
TCU Box 297140
Fort Worth, TX 76129
This team has used Micah as an inspiration throughout the season, embodying his Never Ever Give Up attitude as they recovered from a mid-season slump to win the Big 12 Tournament, the Fort Worth Regional, and the College Station Super Regional. Throughout it all, the players have continually reflected back on Micah and his importance to them.
"He truly is a teammate, he's got a locker," TCU said head coach Jim Schlossnagle. "We think about him, we talk about him, he's in our daily conversations. He's a part of us."
"He's a great example of how we should live life and how we should play the game," said TCU infielder Elliott Barzilli.
"This team continues to fight, and we learned that from Micah,” pitcher Mitchell Traver told TCU Athletics reporter Kayla McLain after their win Sunday. “That's why we have this patch on our hats. We love you Micah, and that was for you, buddy.”
"I know we’re all really excited, and we’re all thinking of him,” catcher Evan Skoug added at the time. “He's got more games to watch of us, and we’ve got more chances to make him smile. Whatever we can do to bring him joy is just a blessing.”
“I haven’t even really thought about playing,” pitcher Brian Howard said, asked if Micah’s condition would be on his mind when the series begins Friday. “I haven’t even thought about what it’s going to be like to play with that knowledge on our minds.”
Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/college/big-12/texas-christian-university/article82403517.html#storylink=cpy
The player that earns the honor of receiving this scholarship will represent the very best of TCU, both on and off the field of play.
“I know the hearts of our players,” Schlossnagle said. “The No. 1 core value of our program is ‘selfless.’ This life is not about you, it’s about what you can do for other people. From the second we met that little guy and his family in the fall of 2013, he has been absolutely 100 percent a part of everything we do. Not just the guys that are here, guys that are out playing pro ball – Brandon Finnegan in the big leagues is checking in on him on a weekly basis.”
Let's all make sure that the Micah Ahern TCU Baseball Scholarship becomes as much a part of the fabric of this program as the young man it is named for. Go Frogs, and #NEGU.