HOUSTON – The University of Houston football program announced the signing of 15-year old Jacolby Rogers Friday afternoon in the Carl Lewis Auditorium on the Houston campus.
Coach Tony Levine was on hand to welcome Rogers, his mother, Wilores Johnson, Jacolby's twin sister, NaTaschia, and older brother, Christopher, as he signed his letter of intent to officially join the Cougars.
Jacolby was diagnosed with renal disease in 1999 at the age of 1. He underwent a kidney transplant six months later.
Unfortunately, by the age of 3 his body had rejected the transplant, and he has been on dialysis since.
Although his dialysis treatments are three times a week, every week, year round, he never complains and is a true fighter. His condition is chronic, and he is on a transplant list, waiting for a donor.
In signing his letter of intent to join the UH program, Rogers agreed that his favorite football team is the Houston Cougars and that he will wear red on every Cougar Red Friday and every UH game day.
As a member of the program, Rogers agreed to provide his best effort in school and will give the UH staff updates on his academic progress throughout the year. He also agreed that in addition to his twin sister, NaTaschia, and older brother, Christopher, he has gained more than 100 new brothers by signing with the Cougars.
Rogers, whose favorite musical artist is Michael Jackson, enjoys playing video games and drawing.
This Signing Day event was facilitated by Boston-based nonprofit organization, Team IMPACT, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team.
Team IMPACT children are drafted on to local college athletic teams and, in effect, become official members of the team from Signing Day through to graduation, attending practices, games and social events while forming unparalleled relationships with the student-athletes and coaching staffs.