October 18, 2021 - by

Beach Volleyball Inks 2021 Team IMPACT Recruit Powie Patterson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State beach volleyball team is excited to announce the program has signed Powie Patterson through Team Impact

Today, Powie signed an official letter of intent to play beach volleyball at Florida State University, while sitting next to her family, including mother Kristen Patterson, father Charlie brother Eli and sister Aubrey.  The Seminoles’ top recruit will become an official member of the beach volleyball team.

Powie celebrated her signing with Florida State by running through some drills in the sand with members of the team and her sister Aubrey.

Beach Volleyball Inks 2021 Team IMPACT Recruit Powie Patterson

She is currently battling Mitochondrial Disease, a disorder that occurs when structures that produce energy for a cell malfunction.

“We are paired with Team IMPACT because my daughter has a rare genetic disease called Mitochondrial Disease,” said Powie’s mother Kristen Patterson. “She was diagnosed when she was an infant. Mitochondrial Disease is when your body does not make enough energy. Her body does not turn food into glucose and glucose into energy. It is very rare and it does not have a cure. We have been told multiple times that her disease is life-limiting and life-threatening. Powie is a little different though. Every time we have gotten a horrible diagnosis she has risen above it.”

“One of the reasons we participate in events like Team IMPACT is so that we can raise awareness for Powie’s disease. There is not a whole lot of research going on about Mitochondrial Disease right now so we are looking for a cure for Powie’s disease. Being with Team IMPACT and being paired with the beach volleyball team has been a lot of fun for her. She really enjoys it and the student-athletes and coaches have been really fantastic with her. We really appreciate the opportunity to be with Team IMPACT and the FSU beach volleyball team.”

Team IMPACT, a non-profit organization headquartered in Boston, Mass. has a mission to improve the quality of life for children facing serious and chronic illnesses through the power of teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes.  Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 1,200 children with more than 450 colleges and universities in 46 states, reaching over 35,000 participating student-athletes.  Throughout this journey, the child gains strength, camaraderie, and support, while the student-athletes experience lessons of courage, resiliency, and perspective they can’t learn in a classroom.

For more information about Florida State beach volleyball follow the team on Facebook (Florida State Beach Volleyball), Twitter (FSU_BeachVB) and Instagram (FSUbeachvolleyball).

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