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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (Team Impact) – The women's lacrosse program recently welcomed their newest, and youngest, member to the squad when seven-year-old Norah signed her National Letter of Intent at Conte Forum. This opportunity was made possible by Team Impact.
Joined by her three sisters, the lacrosse team, coaching staff, members from athletic community and Team Impact board members and staff members alike, Norah answered an array of questions from her new teammates after signing her NLI.
Following the press conference, Norah's new teammates escorted her to the locker room, where her favorite song, the Boston College "Fight Song" played. There, she was given her very own locker, full of Boston College lacrosse gear for her and her sisters. The event was capped off with a pizza party attended by Norah's family and teammates.
Her father, Tim, a BC alum, was both excited and grateful for the opportunity his daughter was given.
"She's really enjoying the fact that these girls are reaching out and expressing their love to her," Tim said. "I was tearing up as we went into the room and they are playing the fight song and they had a special locker for Norah; it was incredible."
Norah has shown the hard work and determination that all BC student athletes demonstrate on and off the field, which makes her a perfect fit as the newest Eagle.
In August of 2015, Norah was diagnosed with a glioblastoma, more commonly known as a brain tumor. Since her diagnosis, she has undergone two surgeries and is currently going through chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Through her determination, Norah remains brave, continues to fight through these challenges with a smile on her face and is an inspiration to many.
One of her new teammates, senior captain Molly Erdle, echoed the sentiments of Norah's father, saying, "I know we are going to enjoy the benefit of having new members to our team and family here at BC."
After a weekend trip to Louisville, the Eagles will return for their home opener on Wednesday, March 2 vs. Massachusetts. Opening draw is scheduled for 3 pm.
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 college athletic teams, local to where they live 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 collegiate team-based support in order to significantly enhance their quality of life in a number of ways, including; socially, psychologically, physically and academically. Team IMPACT also strives to provide collegiate teams with increased levels of awareness, sympathy and support for the medical and disease communities. Established in 2011, Team IMPACT has already matched over 850 children with collegiate teams, at over 350 institutions in 45 states, improving the quality of life of hundreds of courageous children and touching the lives of over 25,000 student athletes. For more information, please visit: www.goteamimpact.org.