Brother and sister join Creighton soccer family with help of nonprofit


OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - A special night for a brother and sister duo ends with the two children becoming official members of Creighton soccer teams. Both were on campus Thursday night to sign a letter of intent.

"It's my dream come true," said 13-year-old Chandler Bird.

Chandler and his sister, 16-year-old Jasmine, now have jerseys to prove they're part of the soccer programs.

"I'm feeling good that the team is here to support me," said Chandler Bird.

"It's good to be able to socialize with people around my own age," added Jasmine Bird.

The Birds were introduced in front of family and friends at a Draft Day event. Since they're now official Creighton members, they get to attend practices, games, team dinners and more. It's all thanks to a nonprofit program called Team Impact. It provides a network of support for children diagnosed with a serious illness.

"We've gained a family," said Carrie Bird, Chandler and Jasmine's mom. "It has helped with the children's behavior and their self-esteem."

Carrie Bird said Thursday watching her kids join the Creighton family is special.

"It means a great deal to know that there are people out there that look beyond the disabilities and care about them for who they are instead of what they are."

For the Birds, this is like a journey and it's only the beginning.

The program that helped the Birds, Team Impact, is a national nonprofit. According to a spokesperson, since 2011 it has matched more than 1,400 children with more than 500 colleges and universities in 47 states.

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