Lianna Shearer, a 9-year-old from East Lansing, Mich. who is battling cystic hygroma, was signed on as a member of the Olivet volleyball program in September as part of the Team IMPACT.
Team IMPACT is a national non-profit organization that connects children suffering serious and chronic illnesses with collegiate athletic teams. Those teams "sign" the individual to join the program, creating a network of support for the children. Children become a full part of the athletic team; participants attend practices, games, team events, and more.
Click here for a news report from Fox 47 covering Lianna's signing ceremony with Olivet volleyball.
Lianna is the second child to join the Olivet campus through Team IMPACT; the Comets baseball team became involved with the program earlier this year. In all, five MIAA athletic departments have joined up with eight Team IMPACT participants since 2013.
To learn more about Team IMPACT, visit their website at http://www.goteamimpact.org/