Sailfish Baseball Add Newest Member to Team in Nick Alvarez

Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Palm Beach Atlantic baseball team had some big news as they wrap up their fall season of practices, as they have announced the signing of 11-year-old Nick Alvarez to the team through a partnership with Team IMPACT. Alvarez signed his National Letter of Intent on Friday afternoon at a press conference on the campus of PBA.

Alvarez lives in West Palm Beach and was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis when he was 10. The condition has not kept Nick from being a big baseball fan, and he and his new teammates have grown fond of each other in short time since meeting. “My favorite part about baseball is that I have a team with me so we can all play together,” said Nick. Nick’s favorite position is left field and he is a big fan of the Miami Marlins.

"It’s very exciting for him, as it gives us the opportunity to bring Nick some joy,” said Nick’s mother Jill Alvarez. “I’m so thankful for Team IMPACT and Palm Beach Atlantic University for matching with us, and we’re blessed to be here today.”

"One of the things we strive to do as a program is be involved with as many things as we can outside of baseball,” said head coach Kent Bottenfield. “Team IMPACT came to us with this opportunity and our guys are excited about being a part of Nick’s life and his family’s life moving forward.”

Alvarez was connected with the PBA baseball team through Team IMPACT (Inspire, Motivate, and Play Against Challenges Together). Their motto is “Improving the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team.” Team IMPACT matches children with athletic teams to create relationships that are beneficial for the child as well as the team.

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