It's amazing to see the smile on Averi's face

Averi Ramsey, who has been battling leukemia since March 2012, is now an official member of UT's softball team. Stephen K. Lee/Tennessee Athletics

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a fun week filled with softball. The past week and a half has been crazy with finals and weather affecting softball, but I’ll get to that later and talk about the most important thing of the week.

Rewinding a few weeks back on the bus ride to Georgia, Coach Karen talked to the team about Team Impact, a nonprofit organization that matches up children with life-threatening illnesses to college athletics teams. The children become official members of the team, getting their own lockers and attending all team functions. Most important, it gives these children an opportunity to have a whole new group of friends.

Karen told us this would be a huge commitment, as it is an everyday thing through summer, fall and winter -- not just during the softball season. We all said yes without hesitation, telling her we would love to be part of such a rewarding experience.

During the week of the Arkansas series, Karen told us about a little girl by the name of Averi Ramsey, who has been battling leukemia since March 2012 and is in the final stage of her treatment. The Thursday before our weekend series began, we officially “drafted” Averi to our team, having the Knoxville local television stations there to film it. She signed her letter of intent, got her very own locker, which is next to mine, received a uniform and got more bows, earrings and headbands than one could count. We were all so excited to have her around us.

She was introduced on the field as an official member of the team the following day. We went on to lose to Arkansas that night, but it was still such an amazing day because of the smile this little girl had on her face.

Last Saturday was supposed to be senior day for Whitney Hammond and me, but it got rained out along with Sunday’s game. During the delays, a few of my teammates and I played with Averi and her 200-plus Barbie collection. Even though softball-wise the weekend didn’t go as planned, it was still one of the most memorable weeks of my career being a part of something so magical for this little girl.

That’s all I have for now. We play Missouri next, and after this weekend we start getting prepared for the postseason!