The Kentucky Wildcats football team has signed an 11-year-old wide receiver out of St. Agnes in Louisville, Kentucky.
Yes, you read that right.
BBN, meet Luke Klausing, or as he likes to be called “Beast Mode.” Luke was only 5 days old when he was diagnosed as one of 30,000 patients in the United States living courageously with cystic fibrosis (CF).
According to UK Athletics, Luke is rated as a 5 star prospect and the top wide receiver in the country by all major recruiting services, “#probably.”
He wears number 18 in honor of his favorite player, Randall Cobb, he refuses to wear red, and he chose Kentucky over every other Division I team in the entire country!
Mark Stoops announced Klausing as the newest member of Kentucky’s football team today during an inspirational Team IMPACT Signing Day celebration at Kroger Field. The event was sponsored by Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals helps spread awareness for cystic fibrosis, and the life-long, positive effects Team IMPACT has on these children, by putting together Signing Days like the one today.
Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit that connects children facing serious and chronic illnesses with local college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes. Becoming a part of the team allows Luke to attend UK practices, games, team dinners, events and more.
Luke has a sister Emma and is the son of Joey and Jessica Klausing. Joey said they have donated more than $1 million to cystic fibrosis research.
“We want to beat this thing so Luke and other kids don’t have to deal with this throughout the rest of their lives,” Joey said.
While the disease takes a toll on the Klausing family, Jessica said UK football and basketball gives them a temporary escape. And you could see it, as Luke couldn’t stop smiling today.
What an awesome story.
BBN, welcome your newest Kentucky Wildcat, Luke Klausing!