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Loveland teen with chronic illness signs with Northern Kentucky University basketball team

Posted at 7:54 AM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 19:46:17-04

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — A Loveland teenager with a chronic illness signed an official letter of intent to play basketball at Northern Kentucky University on Tuesday.

The university and Team IMPACT, a nonprofit that works to improve the lives of children facing chronic illnesses, hosted a signing ceremony for 14-year-old Elijah Walters.

In 2015, Walters was diagnosed with Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, a condition that affects blood flow to the hip joint. But that has not stopped him from doing what he loves, playing sports.

NKU Men’s Basketball Coach Darrin Horn said Walters is an inspiration to his team.

"This young man has come in here and is fighting a daily battle for him, has has a great attitude and has truly inspired us," Horn said.