WORCESTER -- Worcester Polytechnic Institute head swimming and diving coach Paul Bennett announced a new team member, signing 11-year-old Ava Curran through Team IMPACT.
Ava, who has Ewing sarcoma, was officially introduced at a signing day press conference on Saturday, September 17th at the WPI Sports and Recreation Center. She will participate in many activities with the team including games, practices, and other team events.
Team IMPACT, a national non-profit organization, has developed a unique multiyear program that matches children facing serious illness and disability with college athletic teams across the country. Based on a clinical model, Team IMPACT guides a symbiotic relationship between teams and children focused on socialization, empowerment, and resilience.
"Team IMPACT is excited to see Ava officially join the WPI swimming and diving team," said Danielle Hardee, Regional Director of Programs, Northeast at Team IMPACT. "We are proud to work alongside WPI, their athletic department and coaching staff to create lifelong bonds and life-changing outcomes between student-athletes and their Team IMPACT teammates."
Worcester Polytechnic Institute has worked with Team IMPACT for the past 10 years, matching 14 children across its baseball, men's basketball, football, swimming and diving, men's and women's soccer, and softball teams.
"We are excited to have Ava join the WPI Swimming and Diving family," said Bennett. "She is a great young person who has already enriched our experience and shown us what true perseverance is."
About Team IMPACT
Team IMPACT's unique multiyear program signs children facing serious illness and disability onto college athletic teams across the country. Based on a clinical model, Team IMPACT guides a symbiotic relationship between teams and children focused on socialization, empowerment, and resilience, ensuring everyone involved has the personalized game plan they need to win – effectively building confidence and independence. Founded in 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 2,300 children with 700+ colleges and universities in 49 states, impacting more than 60,000 student-athletes. If you know a child or team who may be interested, please visit www.teamimpact.org.