Kent State Announces Signing of Maya to Gymnastics Team Courtesy of Team Impact

The Kent State gymnastics team will sign 12-year-old Maya of Avon, Ohio as the newest member of its team during an inspirational Team IMPACT Signing Day celebration on Sunday, February 20, prior to the Flashes’ Pink Meet against Bowling Green.

Maya is a kid with an incredible passion for gymnastics. Having been involved with the sport for years, Maya received the special opportunity to become a part of the Kent State gymnastics team for the duration of the 2022 season. And thus far, she’s had a wonderful experience as an honorary Golden Flash.

Since Maya has joined the team, she’s been able to meet the entire squad, along with head coach Brice Biggin and assistants Sharon Sabin spirit Craig Ballard. Five or six team leaders served as Maya’s liaisons when she first started coming to practices in January, taking the time to develop personal relationships with her and ease her into her new role as a member of the Kent State gymnastics family. In fact, Maya’s mother, Rhoda, said that Coach Biggin and the team were “very welcoming” of Maya and invited her in with open arms, looking forward to seeing her every time they met.

Additionally, Maya was presented with over 30 Kent State leotards (with which she is pictured above). The team celebrates something called Maya Monday’s, in which when Maya attends practice every Monday, she is given the privilege of choosing the leotards that everyone wears that day. That is just one of the many ways in which Coach Biggin and the Golden Flashes have incorporated her into the fold.

Maya has been to practices, as well as the team’s first meeting of the season. She’s bonded with coaches and teammates and had the time of her life. However, there’s still one key step that the 12-year-old has yet to experience: her very own signing day, to make her spot on the team official. But on February 20, that is set to change.


Maya signing an official Letter of Intent

Visuals of Maya and her 2022 SCHOOL/TEAM teammates

WHEN: Sunday, February, 20 prior to the Flashes’ Pink Meet against Bowling Green

WHERE: MAC Center – 1025 Risman Drive, Kent, Ohio, 44242


Zach Bush – Athletics Communications Graduate Assistant; 330-951-1655


Mary Callaghan – Director of Development Communications / 401.580.5370


About Team IMPACT

Team IMPACT is the only US nonprofit that tackles the emotional trauma and social isolation experienced by children facing serious and chronic illnesses by matching them with a college athletic team. Our two-year therapeutic program complements a child’s medical treatments, allowing the child to develop relationships and skills that help them complete the full circle of healing. Through participation in Team IMPACT’s clinically informed program, children experience a true sense of belonging, resulting in increased empowerment, normalization, health promotion, and resilience. Families feel connected and supported as their child achieves individualized goals, while experiencing the joy of team camaraderie and inclusion; and student athletes gain perspective and inspiration, as well as lessons in adversity and resilience.

Founded in 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 2,100 children with 700+ colleges and universities in 49 states, impacting more than 60,000 student athletes.

Team IMPACT has more than 1,200 teams across the country waiting to be matched with children, ages 5-16, who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic illness and who could benefit from becoming a member of the team. If you know a child who may be interested, please visit for more information.

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