Men’s Basketball hosts Team IMPACT signing for chronically ill children

Local youths Tashi and Jihad Elvy were invited to become “members” of the Sarah Lawrence Gryphons during a drafting ceremony at Sarah Lawrence College’s Campbell Sports Center. A press conference was held to announce their addition to the Gryphons’ roster in partnership with Team IMPACT, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children affected by life-threatening and chronic illnesses. As honorary members of the team, Tashi and Jihad will join the Gryphons at practices and on the bench during home games throughout the upcoming season.

Tashi, age 14, and Jihad, age 12, are from the Bronx. Both boys were born with sickle cell anemia, a genetic disease that causes painful episodes.

During the press conference, head basketball coach Chris Ehmer playfully described the Gryphons’ search for new players. He said he directed his team to “…go out and get me someone that can be a real contributor. Get me that ‘glue.’” He went on, “Now, we’ve found what we’re looking for…not one, but two players.” When asked how they felt about joining the Gryphons, Jihad exclaimed “It makes me feel excellent!”

Team IMPACT improves the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through “the power of team.” The organization matches these children with local college athletic teams. The child joins the athletic team and the student athletes join the child’s support team. Through a structured relationship management methodology, Team IMPACT establishes and cultivates these relationships to ensure a successful experience for the families and teams involved. Visit goteamimpact.org for more information.

Sarah Lawrence College is a member of NCAA Division III and, starting in 2014-15, will compete as a member of the Skyline Conference. The school sponsors 15 varsity intercollegiate programs. Visit GoGryphons.com for more information.

Team IMPACT ceremony