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Honorary University of Dayton player cheers for team during tournament

(WMC-TV) - The University of Dayton basketball team faced Florida in the Elite Eight on Saturday, and they had one extra elite player in the building who made the game very special. 

He is just in middle school but he is known on the Dayton college campus as a good luck charm. Every since they drafted Trevin Gray on to the team, The University of Dayton boys basketball has been on winning streak.

The Dayton Flyers presence could be felt Saturday at Fed Ex Forum, but it is 14-year-old Trevin Gray who the team credits for getting them to the Elite Eight. Trevin is fighting his own battle against a rare tissue disease that restricts him to a wheelchair.

"They diagnosed him a with condition called Ehlers-Danlos and what that means is that his connective tissue doesn't hold together," said Trevin's mother, Darla Gray.

With the help of a non-profit organization called Team IMPACT, Trevin recently became an honorary player for Dayton.

"It feels so awesome because I've been a giant UD fan growing up watching all the games on television," said Trevin. "It is a dream and I'm still living it right now."

Trevin travels with the team, attends practice and warm ups, and even has a jersey.
 
Dayton's coach is wearing a special tie made by Trevin and his mom who are inside with floor seats, cheering the team on to the Final Four.

Living up to its name, the impact of the organization has a profound affect on Trevin's mom.

"There aren't words that I can say. Team IMPACT has been phenomenal, it's a newer organization and I hope that it continues to grow and really reach a lot of colleges and kids."

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