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Pittsburgh Athletics | January 31, 2019

College softball: Pitt signs 16-year-old with cerebral palsy as an official team member through Team IMPACT  

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PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh softball team signed Team IMPACT recruit Rylee DiTullio on Monday, Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the media room of the Petersen Events Center.

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The Panthers held a Draft Day press conference to welcome Rylee to the team, where she was joined at the podium by her parents, Lisa and Greg, as well as head coach Jodi Hermanek and senior Olivia Gray.

Rylee, 16 years old, is a native of Mars, Pa. and attends Pine Richland High School. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a child. Rylee has played baseball in the Miracle League for 10 years. She has two siblings, Joey and Dani, who both attend college at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

 
Through Team IMPACT's program at the University of Pittsburgh, Rylee will become an official member of the softball team. As a team member, she will attend Panthers practices, games, team dinners, events and more. 

WHAT IS TEAM IMPACT?: Find out more about the inspiring program 

 Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit headquartered in Boston, Mass., that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes. Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched nearly 1,700 children with more than 500 colleges and universities in 49 states, reaching over 50,000 participating student-athletes.