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UNE signs special football star

When 11-year-old Scott Carignan signed on the dotted line Thursday, he assured the team is going to have a winning season. (WGME)

BIDDEFORD (WGME) – It was a big day for the UNE football team, and its newest player.

He may not be the biggest or fastest guy on the team, but he is already a winner.

Draft day is always a big deal at the University of New England, but Thursday's selection might just be one of the best ever.

When 11-year-old Scott Carignan signed on the dotted line Thursday, he assured the team is going to have a winning season.

"I am excited and pumped and I hope we have a good year this year," Carignan said.

Scott is now officially part of the UNE Nor’easters football team, but he took some time to horse around Thursday on the basketball court.

So why Scott?

He's the first member of Team Impact in Maine, a national organization that pairs college teams with kids with developmental issues or life-threatening illnesses.

Scott has a genetic disorder known as Williams syndrome.

Scott gets special therapy and education, but don't underestimate his ability to teach.

"We preach being selfless as a person and staying humble and learning to serve your community, serving your teammates at the same time, putting team priorities ahead of your own,” Coach Mike Lichten said. “The relationship with Scotty is a real-life moment being able to exhibit those skills, those priorities."

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