MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College field hockey team announced the latest addition to its roster on Thursday, welcoming 12-year-old Brianna Pepin to the program.
She was partnered with the Hawks through Team IMPACT, an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing serious and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Brianna was diagnosed with Sarcoma in 2017 and is currently recovering from her illness.
Brianna was introduced with a formal press conference on Thursday afternoon, attended by all members of the Hawks field hockey team. Head Coach Carolyn King-Robitaille and junior back Amanda Desimone (Windham, N.H.) shared their thoughts on the latest addition to the Hawks program.
"We are really happy to have you and we hope it's a really fun time for you. We're going to do a lot of fun things this year," said King-Robitaille. "We're happy – the girls love you and you fit right in. You are super outgoing and super sarcastic like the rest of them and we hope you learn to love field hockey and all its quirks."
"We are really excited to have you as our 26th player," said Desimone. "You definitely fit in well with us and we're just really excited to have our good luck charm [officially] join us," said Desimone.
Brianna remarked that through her experience with the Hawks, she has "25 new sisters" and as a token of the team's appreciation, she received a signed field hockey ball and was given a tour of the facilities, including her brand-new locker alongside her new teammates.