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Spring 2016 (April 13, 2016 at 8:00 am)

Soccer Team Signs 6-Year-Old


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April 6, 2016 at 10:33 am

[S16] Isla Lentz Signing 

Women’s soccer at Beloit signed a significant new member to its team in February. Six-year-old Isla Lentz of nearby Rockton, Ill., who is battling cystic fibrosis, officially joined the team at a signing ceremony in the Sports Center Feb. 24.

The team and head coach Nick Chapman connected with Isla through an organization called Team IMPACT, a non-profit whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Kids are drafted onto collegiate teams in their local areas and become members from signing day through graduation.

“It’s great having Isla as a member of our team,” Courtney Ceurvorst’19 told the Beloit Daily News. “We all look at the team as a network of support. Now Isla will be a part of that network, both giving and receiving support. She’s brought so much light and joy to us throughout the last season, and we always enjoy seeing and getting to know her and her family better.”

Isla received a team jersey and sat for the team photo above and for an individual portrait that will appear with the team’s headshots on Beloit’s website.

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