NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University women's lacrosse team will hold a "Purple Out" and will welcome 12-year old Portsmouth native Hannah Goetz as an honorary team member for the team's February 23rd game against UC Davis.
Hannah was diagnosed two years ago with Cystic Fibrosis, the most common life-threatening and chronic lung disease found in children. During her young life Hannah has been hospitalized many times for severe low lung function and coughing.
"We are playing the UC Davis game in honor of Hannah and to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis," said ODU Head Coach Heather Holt.
Last May, ODU drafted Hannah to their team and held an official "signing day" ceremony, while watching highlights of the 2013 season. This will be the first game Hannah will be able to spend with her teammates as she will receive a jersey beforehand.
"She will be here for the game, dress in the locker room and be a regular student-athlete that day," said Holt.
ODU wants everyone who attends Sunday's UC Davis game to wear purple in honor of the victims of cystic fibrosis, while the team is preparing to wear purple socks that day.
Holt helped recruit Hannah from Team IMPACT - a non-profit designed to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by establishing and expanding vibrant team-based support networks.
On February 8, ODU Lacrosse came to visit Hannah on her birthday as the team celebrated with her after Hannah's basketball game. See our photo gallery for pictures of Hannah and all the Old Dominion lacrosse members.
When she is not leading the Lady Monarchs to another victory, Hannah likes to play soccer and basketball.