• MIT alum and former basketball player, Dan Goodman '01 (center with his son), finds support from the MIT men's basketball team as he battles medical problems.

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  • Goodman wears the net given to him from MIT's win against Staten Island in the third-round of the NCAA tournament.

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Former player’s battle with illness humbles and motivates the Engineers


While the MIT men’s basketball team prepares for battle in their first foray into the Final Four, a former player and MIT alum is fighting another battle of his own: recovering from brain surgery.

An active alum, Dan Goodman ’01 is more like another teammate than a fan. He often stops by practice, attends games, and offers constant support to the team he says he looks to for support. Goodman was one of head coach Larry Anderson’s first recruits and his close ties to the team offer inspiration to both sides.

On March 9, the same day that MIT took on Staten Island in the NCAA third-round, Goodman was in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital to remove a malformation from his brain stem. Anderson says Goodman serves as an example of what it means to stay optimistic even through adversity, and the players say Goodman helps them focus on what’s important.

Read Goodman’s story on NCAA.com.


Topics: Athletics, Basketball, Students

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