@MemphisBaseball Joins Forces with Team IMPACT
June 14, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Head Coach Daron Schoenrock announced Friday that the Memphis baseball team has added 16-year-old Dustyn Ates in a partnership with Team IMPACT.
"We are very excited to team up with Team IMPACT," Schoenrock said. "One of the things we want to do with our student-athletes is show them more real world challenges. This opportunity gives our players a chance to experience a real world challenge and take part in the fight that Dustyn is putting up. We are excited to meet Dustyn and his family and welcome him to the Tigers family."
Team IMPACT (Inspire, Motivate, Play Against Challenges, Together) is a New England based non-profit that aims at improving the quality of life for kids facing life-threatening illnesses by creating unparalleled team-based support systems with area college athletic teams. In December 2011, Dustyn was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), the most common form of cancer found in children.
Over the last two years, Dustyn has endured chemotherapy, steroid treatments and extensive hospital stays at St. Jude Children's Hospital in downtown Memphis. Dustyn will continue his chemo treatments until September of 2014.
"We are excited about building relationships and we have selected four team leaders to get to know Dustyn on the front end. Those guys will get to know him this summer before Dustyn has involvement with the team throughout the fall and next season. We look forward to having Dustyn as part of the everyday family and him learning all about the athletic department. Dustyn will be able to teach our guys a lot during this process as well."