Feb. 17, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have partnered with Team IMPACT allowing eleven-year old Madeline Ford to become an honorary member of the teams.
“I’m proud of our men’s and women’s swimming and diving student-athletes and coaches for helping make a dream come true for Madeline Ford,” said Marlon Dechausay, FAU’s director of student-athlete center for academic excellence and associate AD. “Whether it’s being at practice or our student-athletes surprising her on Valentine’s Day, this has been a wonderful experience for all involved and we look forward to continuing this partnership with Team IMPACT.”
Team IMPACT is a program that helps enhance the lives of kids with chronic/life-threatening illnesses by matching them with collegiate athletic programs.
Madeline is an 11-year old suffering from chromosome 7p duplication syndrome, chromosome 10p duplication/10q deletion syndrome and Sprengel’s Deformity. The Owls held a “signing” ceremony for Madeline at their home meet against Conference USA and in-state rival FIU on Friday, Jan. 31.
FAU’s swimming and diving teams will now serve as mentors for Ford as she pursues her dream of competing in the Special Olympics. She will attend team practices and meets as part of her continued involvement with the Owls. Members of the team have taken an active role in mentoring Ford as a few of her teammates visited her at school, on Valentine’s Day.
For continued coverage of Madeline’s involvement with FAU, check the swimming and diving page at www.fausports.com.