Davidson College invites high school student battling illness to join wrestling team


DAVIDSON, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — Bailey Friar of Mount Holly got an invitation he couldn’t turn down.

“It’s exciting,” he said.

The 17-year-old junior was invited by the Davidson College Wrestling team to join their athletics team. Bailey is battling an illness. He suffers from Renal Failure.

This summer he underwent surgeries related to his condition. During that process, members of the wrestling team and the coach would come by with food and fellowship.

“They came, they sit and talk with me, they were very supportive and caring,” Friar said. “It feels great and I’m glad they let me join the team.”

This relationship was made possible through Team IMPACT, a national nonprofit that connects children facing serious and chronic illnesses with college sports.

The purpose is to create an additional support system for younger individuals going through health challenges. The team said Bailey motivates them. 

“We are so lucky to have someone like Bailey that can inspire us. And hopefully we can provide some support and brotherhood for him in his recovery process, I think it makes a great match, so we couldn’t be more excited that he’s a wildcat.” said Andy Lausier, Davidson College’s Wrestling Head Coach.

During the team’s first home match of the season, the school held Bailey’s official “draft day” ceremony. He plans on attending the games, bonding with the team and learning how to wrestle.

Bailey said his family and the team have helped in stay positive during his health challenges. 

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