UAA ski team drafts 10-year-old Ryker Riggs to roster

Published: Apr. 25, 2019 at 7:48 AM AKDT
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There's a new addition to the UAA ski team. 10-year-old Ryker Riggs signed his national letter of intent to become a member of the team on Wednesday.

Ryker was diagnosed with cerebral palsy in 2008 but hasn't let that stop him from doing what he loves, skiing. He's been skiing since he was 2.

With the help of Team Impact, Ryker joined the Green and Gold to the joy of his fellow teammates, and with his mom and brother looking on.

UAA head coach Sparky Anderson says Ryker's determination is inspiring to all.

"Mostly because it really inspires all of our kids to get out there and keep skiing. Even after practice. Which was pretty cool," he said with a grin. "To see them going hard all day and then skate over to chair 3 to meet this guy and then just go crush run after run"

With his signature, Ryker will attend practices, games, team dinners, events and more.