Volleyball Team Makes an Impact for Local Teen

Augustana Volleyball signs Lexi Valentine through Team IMPACT

Lexi Valentine is 14 years old and today she signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Augustana University.

Valentine is now a member of the Augustana volleyball team thanks to Team IMPACT, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team.

"I know our team is excited," Volleyball Head Coach Dan Meske said. "It's been a great opportunity for us to get to know Lexi. The word Impact is a really strong word for what Lexi is going to bring to our program. We have already seen that in the brief time that we have gotten to know each other."

Valentine attends Sioux Falls Christian. She was diagnosed with chronic immunoglobulin deficiency, which has limited her abilities to participate in strenuous activities. She has played volleyball and loves to watch the sport. Known for her sense of humor, she also loves to read, especially the classics. Valentine is an only child but has "brothers and sisters" from China and Slovakia that lived with her family and continue to visit regularly.

"Our team is really excited to have Lexi join us," junior middle blocker Bailey Koch said. "She is going to add a lot to our team. We'll never remember the game that we won or lost or got the most kills, we'll remember our time with Lexi. It's a great opportunity and thank you to Team IMPACT and Augustana for giving us this [opportunity]."

To learn more about the Team Impact program, visit www.goteamimpact.org.