4-year-old baseball player drafted to Assumption College’s team

STOUGHTON, MA (WHDH) - For any kid dreaming of one day playing on a major league baseball diamond, getting drafted onto a college baseball team is a big step.

On Wednesday, one boy from Stoughton got a head start on his career in the MLB.

Ari Schultz is just 4 years old and he is already been drafted to play for Assumption College’s baseball team.

The draft for the Worcester College team was all made possible by a local non-profit, “Team Impact.”

The organization, based in Boston, drafts kids with life threatening and chronic illnesses to college athletic teams.

Ari has Congestive Heart Failure and has been on the wait list for a heart transplant for more than 90 days.

He has already had three open heart surgeries and twelve different procedures, including two surgeries before he was even born.

His dad, Mike Schultz, said the opportunity for Ari to be apart of the team means a lot to their family, and to the little sports fan.

“All this kid wants to do is play sports,” said Mike Schultz. “He loves baseball. He loves football. He loves soccer.”

Now that Ari is a member of the team he will attend practices, games and events.

Until it is his turn one day to step onto the field.

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