Central Connecticut head women's basketball coach Beryl Piper and the Blue Devils announced the addition of Ericka Aponte Rodriguez, who joined the Blue Devils during a Team Impact Draft Day celebration on Saturday on the CCSU campus. Aponte Rodriguez was joined by her family and members of the Blue Devils coaching staff and team when she signed her letter of intent at the CCSU athletics offices in Kaiser Hall.
Aponte Rodriguez becomes the fourth Team Impact signee for the Blue Devil athletics department, joining players who have previously signed with the men's basketball, football and softball teams this season.
Piper and the Blue Devils connected with Ericka through the efforts of Team IMPACT. Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit headquartered in Boston, MA that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming lifelong bonds and life-changing outcomes. Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 1,800 children with more than 600 colleges and universities in 48 states, reaching over 55,000 participating student athletes. The child joins the athletic team and the student athletes join the child's support team. Throughout the journey, the child gains strength, camaraderie and support while the student athletes experience lessons of courage, resiliency and perspective they can't learn in a classroom.
Team IMPACT has more than 1,200 teams waiting to be matched with children, ages 5-16, who have been diagnosed with a serious or chronic illness and who could benefit from becoming a member of the team. If you know a child who may be interested, visit www.goteamimpact.org for more information.