The Micah Ahern superhero logo has adorned TCU's caps as a reminder of their inspiration.

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One of the most important players on TCU’s baseball team stood around half as tall as slugger Luken Baker, couldn’t throw a quarter as fast as Brian Howard or Durbin Feltman, and couldn’t block balls behind home plate nearly as well as Evan Skoug.

But then again, Micah Ahern’s incredible impact on everyone he met didn’t relate too much to what he could do on a baseball diamond.

Through a tireless fight against the neuroblastoma (an aggressive form of cancer that primarily affects young children) that he was diagnosed with at 15 months old, Micah inspired the Horned Frogs with his relentless spirit, best summarized in his slogan: Never Ever Give Up.

Micah first became part of the TCU team through a partnership with Massachusetts-based program Team IMPACT, and “signed” with the Frogs in 2014 in a special ceremony.

The slogan turned into a hashtag, #NEGU, and his fight moved Horned Frog players and fans alike.

“He’s just such a huge part of this team,” Brian Howard said after TCU’s win over Coastal Carolina in the second game of the College World Series, a game that Micah was able to attend. “We say it a lot, but it’s hard to even give everyone outside of our program an idea of how much he really means to us.”

Seeing Micah before the game was “just awesome,” pitcher Ryan Burnett said.

Micah Ahern signs his name on TCU catcher Evan Skoug's wristbands before the Frogs' game against Coastal Carolina in Omaha, Neb. on June 21.
Micah Ahern signs his name on TCU catcher Evan Skoug’s wristbands before the Frogs’ game against Coastal Carolina in Omaha, Neb. on June 21.

“Just puts a smile on your face,” Burnett said. “Lets you forget about everything. Just go out there and play baseball, have fun.”

TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle said he was happier more with the positive impact the visit had on Micah than he was with any impact on his team.

“He was enjoying the attention, which he’s more than deserved,” Schlossnagle said. “And anything that brightens his day has just been awesome.”

“So to see a smile on his face and see his mom, she was in a great mood — it’s just great. It’s just great having him around.”

Micah was featured on ESPN before the game, and his story even drew the attention of TCU’s College World Series opponent.

Even though he was smiling at the game, Micah was facing an uphill battle. His mother, Linda, published a heartbreaking Facebook post in early June saying that Micah’s cancer has progressed past the point where chemotherapy and and antibody treatment can be effective.

Throughout the remainder of the CWS, the Frogs honored Micah by playing with a Superman logo on their hats with an “M” replacing the “S” and continuing to send messages of love his way.

On July 28, Micah’s fight ended. He died at 7 years old, surrounded by family in Arlington.

Even after this season ended, TCU continues to celebrate Micah with the creation of the Micah Ahern TCU Baseball Scholarship, announced on Facebook on June 15.

The scholarship will be given to an athlete that never, ever gives up.