MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's soccer program announced the signing of 11-year old Emalie Harrington of nearby Merrimack, N.H., who became the newest member of the Hawks program by signing her National Letter of Intent (NLI) on Monday evening in the Carr Center's varsity film room.
Emalie, who was diagnosed at birth with a heart condition, was paired up with the program through Team IMPACT, a Boston, Mass.-based national non-profit that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes. She has spent time with the team over the last two weeks before being officially signed on Monday.
On her signing day, Emalie and her parents, Jason and Nicole, were officially introduced as part of the women's soccer program. After putting pen to paper on her NLI, head coach Joel Bancroft announced Emalie as one of the team's captains and presented her with a captains' armband. Following the signing, Emalie spent time with her new teammates in the team's newly-renovated locker room, kicking around a soccer ball and enjoying each other's company.
"We are all very excited to bring Emalie, Nicole and Jason into our women's soccer family," Bancroft said. "We've enjoyed spending time with all of them in the past few weeks and they are a positive light for all of us. We look forward to the future with all of them on our sideline."
Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 1,400 children with more than 500 colleges and universities in 47 states, reaching over 50,000 participating student-athletes. "Team IMPACT is an incredible organization that brings people together," Bancroft added. "Their efforts change lives for the better on a daily basis."