How a 14 year-old-girl joined the PSU softball team
UNIVERSITY PARK - The national nonprofit Team Impact held a special draft day celebration; for a 14 -year-old Lewistown girl.
Wednesday was the first time the Penn State softball team was able to practice outside for the season. It was Aunnah Nagel's first time ever stepping onto the field.
Nagel was born with a medical disorder called neurofibromatosis, which causes tumors to grow throughout her body. She's spent her whole life in and out of hospitals, constantly worried about another tumor showing up. Nagel told 6News it's hard for her to connect to other people her age because they don't understand what she has to go through.
"She just loves people and watching sports," said Andrea Nagel, Aunnah's mother, who decided to turn to Team Impact for support.
On Wednesday, the PSU softball team drafted Aunnah.
"I wanted to be a part of a team and just have a friendship," said Aunnah.
She might not be an athlete, or even a college student, but now she is treated like one.
"It's her biggest desire," said Andrea. "She just wants people to know that people love and care about her."
On or off the field, Aunnah now has more than have friends, she has a team.
"Our first meeting with them, it was like we knew them forever. That's just the type of girls they are," Andrea said.