Hartford, Conn. - On Saturday, September 16th, the Trinity College volleyball team opened up New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play at home against Middlebury. Not only was it a big day for that reason, but the team also introduced its newest member through Team IMPACT in a special Draft Day ceremony after the match. The Bantams welcomed Isabella, a 14-year-old girl courageously battling juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, onto their squad and into their family.
Head Coach Jen Bowman thinks its a great experience for both sides. "Izzy is a terrific addition to our team. Our players love having her around," said Bowman. "She's fun to be around and we are glad she is part of our team. We are honored and glad to be a part of the Team IMPACT family. It's a great experience for our players and hopefully we can provide a great experience for Izzy, too."
Co-captains Rachel Underwood (Danville, Calif.) and Claudia Varner (Port Washington, N.Y.) were also excited to welcome Isabella to the team. "We are so excited and honored to be matched with Izzy and her family," they said. "She has become so comfortable with us and is an integrated member of our team. We love having her sit on our bench. She brings such a positive energy to the Bantam volleyball family."
The team made Isabella an official member of the squad with a special ceremony that included presenting her with an official team uniform as she will be wearing number 10 this year. The entire team was present for the ceremony, which also included Isabella's family, as Isabella signed the contract to officially become part of the Trinity team.
Senior Grace Metry (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) thought the event went great. "We all had so much fun at Izzy's team IMPACT draft day," said Metry. "It's been so amazing getting to know her and her family and I know this day was extremely special to them. We can't wait to continue to have her on the bench for the rest of the season!"
Team IMPACT is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Boston that aims to improve the quality of life for children faced with life-threatening or chronic illnesses by matching them with a collegiate athletic team. Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 1,200 children with more than 450 colleges and universities in 46 states, reaching over 35,000 participating student athletes. Trinity currently has six other athletic teams with Team IMPACT team members with more potential matches on the horizon.