Women's Soccer Team Adds New Teammate
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW women's soccer team joined a growing list of collegiate teams this week by adopting an area pediatric cancer patient as part of the "Friends of Jaclyn" program.
Members of the team staged a special adoption ceremony early Thursday afternoon in the Trask Coliseum media room to welcome seven-year-old Baylee Adkins to the Seahawk family. A banner in the background proclaimed, "Playing and Praying for Baylee."
Adkins, a resident of Richlands, N.C., in Onslow County, was diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this summer.
The team decorated the room in Baylee's favorite color, pink, and presented the smiling youngster with a signed pink soccer ball and pink UNCW jersey. Afterward, the Seahawk players treated Baylee and her family to lunch at a nearby restaurant.
"It's a privilege to have Baylee become part of our soccer family at UNCW," said veteran Head Coach Paul Cairney. "Her smile and personality is contagious and our team is thrilled to adopt her. She was so excited today to have so many new big sisters.
"Our team believes in the philosophy of the FOJ movement: Live in the Moment; Play in the Moment. We hope to have a positive effect on Baylee's happiness and health. "
The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation was started in 2009 when nine-year-old Jaclyn Murphy was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and the Northwestern University women's lacrosse team stepped in to lift the young girl's spirits during her recovery. Through the FOJ program, more than 300 children have been adopted by high school and college teams across the country.
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