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RIT women's basketball team welcomes 9-year-old with cerebral palsy as teammate

Kaci Jones
Updated: November 18, 2019 11:19 PM
Created: November 18, 2019 10:57 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A 9-year-old girl from Webster just joined the RIT basketball team. 

Lily Breon Milliman is living with cerebral palsy. Lily has been going to practices since the season started, and Monday she signed an official letter of intent and now has her own jersey.

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"It means so much," Lily said. "I'm excited. I'm glad to be a member of a team."

Team Impact is a Boston non-profit that connected Lily with the tigers. As a part of the team, Lily goes to practices, games, team dinners and more. 

Her father Thomas Milliman says he already sees growth in his daughter from this experience.

"She's out running on the court and that's great to see her exercising and running and having fun while doing it," Thomas Milliman said.

Team mates like junior engineering student Sarah Henretta say Lily has already impacted their team with her positive energy and spirit.

"It's just inspiring for all of us because we may think there's a goal we can't reach then we look up and see Lily running up and down our court," Henretta said.

Amy Reed, RIT women's basketball coach says the benefits of this relationship between Lily and the team are endless.

"Our team is learning the value of being involved in the community and being role models and I think Lily is going to learn what it means to be a good teammate and be a part of our culture," Reed said.

Lily says she already feels at home.

"It feels awesome. It feels like I'm a member of the team now," Lily said.

The next game is Thursday and Lily will be there in the stands proudly wearing her number seven jersey. Team Impact the group that connected Lily with RIT is looking for children with serious and chronic illnesses to be matched with local college athletic teams.


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