Arizona Gymnastics Signs Kennedy from Team Impact
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona Gymnastics team has signed 8-year-old Kennedy of Phoenix, Arizona as the newest member of its team during a Team IMPACT Signing Day celebration on Saturday, September 3rd.
Kennedy is a young girl who is in love with all aspects of Gymnastics. Kennedy received the special invitation to become part of the Arizona Gymnastics team for the duration of the 2023 season and thus far, she has had nothing but an incredible experience as an honorary Wildcat.
Since Kennedy has joined the team, she has been able to meet and get to know multiple Arizona GymCats. Five of the team leaders decided to show Kennedy around the gym and show her the facilities. Due to COVID restrictions, Kennedy didn't have the opportunity to interact with the team in person as much as she wanted to, but the gymnasts still wanted to support her in any way they could. They did so by continuing to meet with her over Zoom playing games such as bingo and would you rather and getting to know Kennedy more.
During the 2022 season, Kennedy had the honor of walking out of the tunnel with GymCat, Libby Orman, during Arizona's home meets. Over summer, the team sent Kennedy postcards from their hometowns to keep in touch with her.
About Team IMPACT
Team IMPACT is the only U.S. nonprofit that tackles the emotional trauma and social isolation experienced by children facing serious and chronic illnesses by matching them with a college athletic team. Our two-year therapeutic program complements a child's medical treatments, allowing the child to develop relationships and skills that help them complete the full circle of healing. Through participation in Team IMPACT's clinically informed program, children experience a true sense of belonging, resulting in increased empowerment, normalization, health promotion, and resilience. Families feel connected and supported as their child achieves individualized goals, while experiencing the joy of team camaraderie and inclusion; and student-athletes gain perspective and inspiration, as well as lessons in adversity and resilience.
Founded in 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 2,200 children with 700+ colleges and universities in 49 states, impacting more than 60,000 student-athletes.
Team IMPACT has more than 1,200 teams across the country waiting to be matched with children, ages 5-16, who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic illness and who could benefit from becoming a member of the team. If you know a child who may be interested, please visit www.teamimpact.org for more information.