COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team will be honored on Tuesday at the Vermont Statehouse at 10 a.m. thanks to its long-time relationship with Team IMPACT and a local family whose daughters both battle cystic fibrosis. The Purple Knights celebrated the graduation of the eldest, Maureen Eddy, from both programs on Saturday.
Since September 2012, Maureen, now a 17-year-old senior at South Burlington High School, has been considered a teammate of the field hockey players through Team IMPACT, which improves the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by connecting the youths with local sports teams. Through various events, the Eddy family has raised more than $140,000 for the CF Foundation since 2003. Thanks to the work of the Purple Knights, the Eddy family and Team IMPACT, all three will be recognized when a resolution declaring tomorrow Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Day is introduced on the floor of the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier. The proclamation comes less than a week before the beginning of May, which is National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month.
On Saturday, the field hockey team and a handful of alumnae celebrated Maureen's graduation from the team and from Team IMPACT during a ceremony in Alliot Student Center. With her upcoming graduation from high school, Maureen will continue her studies at the University of New England, beginning with the 2018-19 school year.
The Purple Knights have been supportive of Maureen and her family's cause for nearly half a decade. In addition to hosting their first CF Awareness Game this past fall, the field hockey squad has participated in the CF Foundation's Great Strides walk at Burlington's Oakledge Park each of the last five years as part of Team Eddy. Both Maureen and her younger sister are afflicted with CF, a chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States, and 70,000 worldwide. The disease can lead to life-threatening lung infections, and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
The field hockey program was the first at Saint Michael's to be paired with a child through Team IMPACT, being joined at various times in recent years by baseball, men's basketball, men's ice hockey and men's lacrosse.