Fifteen-​​year-​​old Mar­i­anne Mahoney is some­thing of a secret weapon for the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity women’s ice hockey team.

The Newton teen has the con­gen­ital dis­order spina bifida, and is in a wheel­chair, and she’s ever present at Husky games.

Mar­i­anne helps our players learn how to deal with adver­sity,” said North­eastern coach Dave Flint. “Our kids can look at Mar­i­anne and see she has such a pos­i­tive out­look on life. The obsta­cles that are in her way, she doesn’t let those slow her down.’’

She joined the Huskies this fall through Team IMPACT, a Quincy-​​based non­profit that con­nects hun­dreds of chil­dren suf­fering from debil­i­tating or life-​​threatening ill­nesses with col­lege ath­letes around the country. The pro­gram gives ath­letes a chance to give back, but also to fur­ther their own education.

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