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Women's Volleyball, Men's Ice Hockey Host Team IMPACT and B Fund

Women's Volleyball, Men's Ice Hockey Host Team IMPACT and B Fund

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BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College women's volleyball program informally welcomed its newest member while partnering with the men's ice hockey program, Team IMPACT (Inspire, Motivate, Play Against Challenges Together) and the B Fund for an afternoon of learning, laughs and inspiration on last Saturday.

Although head coach Eric Neely and his team didn't hold their official draft day for 7-year-old Katie Jarvi, members of the women's volleyball and men's ice hockey programs welcomed Team IMPACT and children and families from the B Fund to the Chandor Dance Studio. Coleman Walsh, who was drafted by men's ice hockey in the fall of 2017, Team IMPACT CEO Seth Rosenzweig and the Babson student-athletes wrote messages and created signs for Katie, and put together 'B bags' that will be distributed to children at local hospitals.

"We are excited to partner with Team IMPACT and can't wait for Katie to join our team," said Neely. "The event last weekend was a lot of fun. I know the volleyball team enjoyed a chance to take a break from exams and spend some time helping kids give back to the community through B Fund. It was also great to hear from the members of Babson's hockey team about the positive effect working with Team IMPACT has had on their team."

Team IMPACT, which matches children ages 5-15 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic illness that has resulted in treatment and/or extended hospital stays within the past three years and has paired more than 1,200 children at over 450 colleges and universities, recently formed a partnership with the Wellesley Hills-based B Fund. The mission of the B Fund is to educate and empower participants to use their time, talents and treasures to raise awareness and funds for families caring for critically ill children.

"Saturday's event was a great break in routine," said women's volleyball junior captain Kristin Carosotto. "Although our team was sad that Katie was not able to make it, we took advantage of the opportunity to give back to our surrounding community. Taking the time out of our day to interact with the children brought so much joy to us and it is something we will definitely look to continue in the future. Meeting Coleman has us so excited to add Katie to our team!"

B Fund programs are designed to highlight the impact of single and collective acts of kindness. Activities are geared toward growing a culture of caring while providing meaningful experiences for children and their families. All proceeds are donated locally, providing financial and emotional support for families caring for critically ill children.

"Being able to join Coleman at the Team Impact and B Fund event was an awesome experience," commented men's ice hockey senior captain Matt Brazel. "Coleman's positive energy always brings a smile to everyone in the room, and his ability and willingness to converse with anyone is something we all admire. We are fortunate to have a teammate who is always positive and excited for the task at hand."

The women's volleyball program is planning to hold its official Team IMPACT Draft Day for Katie in January.