Dakota Olive Set to Join Redlands Women’s Tennis Roster through Team IMPACT "Draft Day"

Dakota Olive Set to Join Redlands Women’s Tennis Roster through Team IMPACT "Draft Day"

Twelve-Year-Old Dakota Olive of Yucaipa to Become Bulldog Teammate while Courageously Battling Chromosome 15q13.3 Deletion and Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia

WHAT:  Boston-headquartered national nonprofit Team IMPACT, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing serious and chronic illnesses through the power of team, along with the University of Redlands women's tennis team, will hold a special "Draft Day" celebration for 12-year-old Dakota Olive of Yucaipa on Friday, January 12, at the University of Redlands Verdieck Tennis Courts. Dakota was diagnosed in 2010 with Chromosome 15q13.3 Deletion and Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia.

Through Team IMPACT's program at Division III University of Redlands, the top recruit will become an honorary member of the Bulldog women's tennis team and attend Bulldog training sessions, matches, team dinners, events, and more throughout the 2018 spring season. 

Draft Day Media Moments:

  • Dakota signing an official "Letter of Intent" 
  • Special remarks by Head Coach Geoff Roche and others
  • Draft Day Celebration with Refreshments


  • Top 2017 Recruit, Dakota Olive, of Yucaipa, California
  • University of Redlands Women's Tennis Head Coach, Geoff Roche
  • University of Redlands Women's Tennis Assistant Coaches, Alexa Palen and Ken Whitmer
  • Bulldog Women's Tennis Members and Fans                        
  • Team IMPACT

WHEN:  Friday, January 12, at 3:45 p.m. (3:30 p.m. suggested arrival)

WHERE:  University of Redlands Verdieck Tennis Courts, which are located at1200 E. Colton Ave, Redlands, CA 92373.

Team IMPACT  is a national non-profit headquartered in Boston, MA, that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes. Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 1,300 children with more than 500 colleges and universities in 47 states, reaching over 35,000 participating student-athletes. The child joins the athletic team and the student-athletes join the child's support team. Throughout the 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.  Team IMPACT has more than 1,000 teams waiting to be matched with children, ages 5-16, who have been diagnosed with a serious or chronic illness and could benefit from becoming a member of the team. If you know a child who may be interested, visit www.goteamimpact.org for more information.

-- Release courtesy of Redlands Sports Information --