Florida Tech Volleyball Signs Team IMPACT’s Brookelynn Dolin To Panther Family

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Florida Tech volleyball held a special press conference on Friday as they signed a new member to the Panther Family in Brookelynn Dolin. (Florida Tech image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech volleyball held a special press conference on Friday as they signed a new member to the Panther Family in Brookelynn Dolin.

The eight-year old Melbourne-product joins the FIT volleyball program as a match with Team IMPACT.

Team IMPACT, which is an organization based in Boston, matches college teams and student-athletes with children, ages 5-15, who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic illness and who could benefit from becoming a member of the team.

Brookelynn is Team IMPACT’s 1,200th match and FIT’s 10th match overall on campus.

At the press conference, the newcomer signed a National Letter of Intent with head coach Amy O’Brien and the rest of the volleyball team and received official Florida Tech team gear and apparel.

She then answered some tough questions from the crowd in attendance. She revealed her favorite TV show is Spongebob Squarepants, her favorite Disney character is the Little Mermaid and her favorite pizza topping is pineapple.

Following the press conference, Brookelynn was then able to enjoy her favorite slice of pizza and play some volleyball with her new team members.

Brookelynn has been diagnosed with a number of autoimmune skin diseases including, Juvenile Dermatomyositis, Scleroderma, and an autoimmune thyroid disease. These diseases cause her to have rashes and muscle inflammation, resulting in weak muscles.

Brookelynn manages her condition with daily medications and different infusion and steroid treatments.

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Despite all that she goes through medically, her willingness to persevere through adversity is sure to make her an inspiration to the rest of her teammates and the rest of the Panther Family community at Florida Tech.

Team IMPACT is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team.

Team IMPACT children are drafted onto college athletic teams for a two-year program, and are a part of the team from Draft Day through to Graduation.

The child joins the athletic team and the student athletes join the child’s support team. The child gains great strength, camaraderie and support and the student athletes are taught lessons about courage, resiliency and life perspective that they can’t learn in a classroom.

Learn more at www.goteamimpact.org

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