MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Coach Jason Butts announced today that Krista Mae Peraldo is officially a member of the West Virginia University gymnastics team, as she signed a letter of intent this afternoon at Cary Gym to compete with the Mountaineers.
Krista Mae, an eight-year old native of Hundred, W.Va., and the Mountaineers were partnered together through Team IMPACT, a Boston-based non-profit organization that has set out to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illnesses by partnering them with college athletic teams.
“We are excited to officially sign Krista Mae today and to welcome her into the Mountaineer family,” says third-year WVU coach Jason Butts. “Krista Mae brightens Cary Gym every time she comes in for practice, and her smiles and enthusiasm are infectious. We’re happy that she and her family will be with us for our journey through the 2014 season, and we hope they know that we will always be here for them.”
Diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on March 31, 2013, Krista Mae has made many trips to Morgantown over the last few months, as she receives treatment at the WVU Children’s Hospital.
Krista Mae will join the Mountaineers at their home meets this season at the WVU Coliseum.
Team IMPACT’s goal is for children to become official team members for the duration of their treatment and beyond. The organization’s current footprint extends from the Northeast into the Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest regions.