RICHMOND, Va. – Coach Baker and the VCU Field Hockey team signed a top recruit Friday afternoon. Despite being just a few feet tall, the vibrant four-year old, Lauryn Lewis, will make an immediate impact for the Rams.
Lewis was diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALK+) nine months ago and with the help of Team IMPACT, she signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Rams. The new energetic member of the team will be on sidelines this season at Cary Street Field, sporting her No.4 jersey and pink stick.
After signing her NLI, Lewis did a Q&A with her new teammates. Her favorite food is pizza, she likes pink and purple, her favorite movie is Frozen, and her favorite song to dance to is Katy Perry's Roar.
The Draft Day was facilitated by the Boston-based nonprofit organization (Team IMPACT), whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Team IMPACT children are drafted on to local college athletic teams and, in effect, become official members of the team from Draft Day through graduation, attending practices, games and social events while forming unparalleled relationships with the student-athletes and coaching staffs.
ABOUT TEAM IMPACT:
Team IMPACT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Team IMPACT children are drafted on to local college athletic teams and, in effect, become official members of the team from Draft Day through to Graduation. At Team IMPACT, they envision a future where the lives of children facing the hardships associated with adverse issues and events will have access to expanded team-based support networks in order to significantly enhance their quality of life and to fill their lives with more love and laughter. Team IMPACT also strives to provide team-based organizations everywhere an easy and efficient way to have a powerful impact on the lives of children in their community. Established in 2011, Team IMPACT has already matched over 400 children with collegiate teams, improving the quality of life of hundreds of courageous children and touching the lives of over 10,000 student athletes. For more information, please visit:www.goteamimpact.org.