AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College women's lacrosse team adopted Addy Hart, an 8-year old child who suffers from interstitial lung disease, as the newest member of the program through Team IMPACT during her official Draft Day ceremony on Wednesday, September 28 in the Alumni Room of Pratt Fieldhouse.
"It was a great night," head coach Christine Paradis stated of the signing event in Alumni Fieldhouse. "The family was very excited about all the love and attention that they received from the team. We are really looking forward to having a significant impact in each other's lives."
Team IMPACT is an organization located in Quincy, Mass. whose main focus is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening, and chronic illnesses through the power of team.
This is done by matching these courageous kids with local college athletic teams. Team IMPACT children are drafted onto the team, and become an official member of the team from draft day through to graduation. The child joins the athletic team and the student-athletes join the child's support network.
The child gains great strength, camaraderie, and support, while the student-athletes are taught lessons about courage, resiliency, and life perspective that they can't learn in a classroom. Through a structured relationship management methodology, Team IMPACT establishes and cultivates these relationships to ensure a successful experience for families and teams involved.
Team IMPACT currently works with over 430 colleges and universities throughout the country in 45 states. There are 90 NCAA conferences that are represented in the program. In addition, Division I, II, and III all have a conference that has full participation from its member schools: The Ivy League, The Northeast-10, and the NESCAC. Overall, there are 25,000 student-athletes that have felt the impact of being matched with one of these brave children.