MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan Athletic Department invites the community to attend its first-ever Team IMPACT Honor Day on Saturday, April 20th, where the Cardinals will celebrate current Team IMPACT players, as well as honor those that we have lost. There will be a special ceremony at halftime of the men's lacrosse game where Team IMPACT players and their families will be celebrated at center field. The game is slated for noon on Smith Field pending weather.
Wesleyan currently has several programs that participate in Team IMPACT, which is a national nonprofit that connects children facing serious and chronic illnesses with local college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes.
OUR TEAM IMPACT PLAYERS:
- The most recent addition to the Cardinal family, J.J. Lopez, was drafted to the men's lacrosse team on March 1st. J.J., a huge sports fan, is eight years old and lives with common variable immune deficiency (CVID), an incurable immune disorder that leaves patients susceptible to illness and infection.
- The baseball team drafted Jake Egan to its program in March of 2018. Shortly after, Jake played for the Cardinals, hitting a home run in his first at-bat.
- The Wesleyan football team drafted Michael to its program on September 10, 2016. Michael was born with an immune dysfunction, is blind in one eye and suffers from cardiac issues, developmental delays and cognitive impairments. Despite all of this, he now walks independently and was able to run a play with the football team, resulting in a touchdown!
- The women's lacrosse team will be dedicating their final home game of the season – Wednesday, April 24th at 6:00 p.m. – to Navaiah Fulk, their Team IMPACT player. Navaiah was drafted to the Cardinal family in 2014, but tragically lost her life-long battle with gastroschisis on April 15, 2019.
- The men's ice hockey team celebrated and honored the life of former teammate Connor Albert with a ceremonial puck-drop on Friday, January 8th. Connor joined the Wesleyan hockey team in January of 2017, but after battling with Osteosarcoma for 20 months, he tragically passed away in December of 2017 at the age of 10.