Hale commits to join UVa-Wise softball team

WISE – On September 7, Emily Hale became the latest prospect to sign with the Cavs Softball program.

Hale, a 9- year-old who is diagnosed with Immune Dysfunction signed an official letter of intent to become a member of the UVa-Wise softball team.

Hale was diagnosed with Juvenile Dermatomyositis – JDM – and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome – EDS – in 2016. According to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, JDM is a chronic condition in which “[autoimmune] cells fight the body’s own tissues and cells, causing inflammation and, in some cases, tissue damage”. EDS is a connective tissue disorder that causes pain in her joints.

Hale and Cavs Softball connected thanks toTeam IMPACT, a nonprofit organization that focuses on bringing together children with chronic and serious illnesses with college athletic teams. Founded in 2011, Team IMPACT works with over 500 universities and colleges.

Team IMPACT believed the UVa-Wise softball team a good fit for Hale, and both Hale and the team agreed.  “After talking with my parents I have decided to sign up with UVa-Wise”, Hale announced.

“A few weeks ago, Emily showed us just how strong she is,” said softball player Julia Hoy. “She was running circles around us on the basketball court, finding the best spots in hide and go seek and was making us all dizzy by showing us her cartwheel talents.”

Hale was very excited about joining the UVa-Wise softball team, stating that she was most excited about “interacting with all the girls on the team”.

“What sets Emily apart is her versatility,” said Cavs Head Coach Karen Bitter. “She will immediately provide for us defensively and her speed will make her a dangerous lead off batter that will create chaos for our opponents.”

Bitter said that Hale had not made a defensive mistake all season and has a “cannon for an arm”. Bitter said that over all, Hale will make an excellent addition to the team.

For more information about Team IMPACT visit their website at www.goteamimpact.org.

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