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Andre Russaw Jr. signed his letter of intent with Wayne State as part of a charity program that helps gravely sick children. (Source: WMYD/CBS) Andre Russaw Jr. signed his letter of intent with Wayne State as part of a charity program that helps gravely sick children. (Source: WMYD/CBS)

DETROIT (WMYD/CBS) - It's been two weeks since college football teams signed their future players, but Wayne State University couldn't wait to add its first player in the class of 2019.

Andre Russaw Jr., a 13-year-old who suffers from kidney disease, joined Wayne State through the "Team Impact" program. It's a charity that partners sports teams with children battling life-threatening illnesses.

"It means a lot more than a cajillion dollars. That's what it means to me," Russaw said.

Russaw is officially a Warrior, complete with a national letter of intent, an invitation to attend as many practices as he can and a pass to watch the games from the sidelines.

According to his mom, Jaminique Conway, it also a great way to lift his spirits.

"To me, it means a lot because it's boosting his confidence, the way he feels about himself," Conway said.

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