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Illinois State softball head coach Melinda Fischer announced the signing of eight-year-old Coen Frambes at a press conference held at Redbird Arena tonight.

The Fairbury, Illinois, native signed her draft day letter in the presence of her family, newest teammates, Reggie Redbird and other ISU student-athletes. The group celebrated Coen’s signing with a pizza party, photo booth and dance party.

Coen was connected with Redbird softball through Team IMPACT, a national nonprofit organization that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with collegiate athletic programs, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes. Children in the program are drafted to a team on a special signing day planned by their teammates.

As a member of the ISU softball family, Coen will attend Redbird practices, games, team dinners, events and more.

About Team IMPACT

Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 1,700 children with more than 500 colleges and universities in 49 states, reaching over 50,000 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. For more information on Team IMPACT, please visit their website.