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OAKDALE, N.Y.-  The Dowling College baseball team continues their partnership with Team IMPACT and their youngest team member Frankie Anzaldi. 

Frankie, and 11-year old boy from Rocky Point, N.Y., joined the Golden Lions during the 2014 season.   Adopted from China at age five, Frankie was diagnosed with Intractable Epilepsy shortly after his arrival to the United States.  He has undergone multiple brain surgeries and pacemaker implanted to try and reduce his seizures.  Frankie has joined head coach Tom Caputo and his squad at multiple practices and had a spot in the dugout at the 2014 East Coast Conference Championship Tournament.

“Frankie has truly made an impact on our program,” said Caputo. “He’s developed an amazing relationship with the guys and he really puts things into perspective for the young men on our team.”

This season, Frankie continues to be a member of the Dowling College baseball team making appearances at Golden Lions Field as often as he can.

About Team Impact:
Team IMPACT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team.  Team IMPACT children are drafted on to local college athletic teams and, in effect, become official members of the team from Draft Day through to Graduation. At Team IMPACT, they envision a future where the lives of children facing the hardships associated with adverse issues and events will have access to expanded team-based support networks in order to significantly enhance their quality of life and to fill their lives with more love and laughter. Team IMPACT also strives to provide team-based organizations everywhere an easy and efficient way to have a powerful impact on the lives of children in their community. Established in 2011, Team IMPACT has already matched over 500 children with collegiate teams, improving the quality of life of hundreds of courageous children and touching the lives of over 10,000 student athletes. For more information, please visit:
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