Women’s Basketball Signs 10-Year-Old Brandi Monroy to Team IMPACT
LOS ANGELES – UCLA women's basketball has announced the signing of 10-year-old Brandi Monroy from Cerritos, Calif., in conjunction with Team IMPACT on Friday. Monroy's official signing ceremony took place Friday afternoon on Ann Meyers Drysdale Court at Mo Ostin Basketball Center.
With her mother, Izamar, and brother, Matthew, in attendance, Brandi signed on to a two-year mentorship and empowerment program with the Bruins.
The Bruins and Team IMPACT
Team IMPACT is a non-profit organization that services children facing serious and chronic illnesses, matching kids with college athletics programs that provide support, relationships and social opportunities to children who spend less time with their peers due to these illnesses. Monroy has previously undergone kidney and liver transplants and received dialysis treatments, and she will soon have a surgery to remove her gastrostomy tube (G-tube) that was placed on her stomach when she was three years old. G-tubes are surgically placed devices that help access the stomach for supplemental feeding and, in Brandi's case, to provide medication and hydration.
Monroy marks the eleventh child matched with UCLA athletic programs and becomes the fifth active member of the Team IMPACT partnership on campus. The other four Bruin programs that actively support Team IMPACT children are football, women's water polo, baseball and women's volleyball. UCLA men's volleyball recently graduated a child from their Team IMPACT program.
From The Head Coach
"Team IMPACT does such amazing work across the country," said the Michael Price Family UCLA Women's Head Basketball Coach Cori Close. "They're trying to match up 21,000 teams with kids who need the inspiration and hope. You come into this hoping you can make a difference, but really our hearts are enlarged. We get more than we give and so it's a real blessing to be part of Brandi's life. If we can just be a small encouragement, then we want to do that in any way we can. We hope this is just the beginning of a long-term relationship that I know will make a difference in our lives and I hope it makes a difference in hers and her family's as well."