PHILADELPHIA - One day prior to the first spring game under Ray Priore, the University of Pennsylvania football head coach announced the first team captain of his era -- four-year-old cancer patient Vhito DeCapria.
Vhito signed his letter of intent to join and lead the Penn Football team at a press conference in the Directors Room of the Dunning Coaches Center on Friday. Penn's Heisman Trophy and the Quaker mascot were present in addition to the entire coaching staff and team as Vhito was presented with a custom jersey and then took a tour of the stadium and facilities where the team showed him his locker.
Vhito was diagnosed withAtypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor (ATRT) in April of 2014 and has been through numerous radiation treatments since that time. ATRT is a rare cancer with a survival rate of just 17 percent.
Vhito and the Quakers are part of the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. To learn more about the Foundation, click here.
The Quakers have wrapped up the spring season, which also included a bone marrow drive for the Be the Match Foundation. Next up for the Red and Blue is preseason practice in August.