Eighth-grade student signed to volleyball team; team members to learn from example

Sept. 7, 2015

Taylor Garcia
tgarcia@uccs.edu

On Aug. 27 the volleyball team hosted a press conference where they signed eighth-grader Hannah Skrastins, who attends Colorado Springs Christian School down the street from UCCS.

Skrastins has a passion for volleyball that was put on hold last summer by the diagnosis of a medulloblastoma brain tumor.

Undergoing extensive surgery and chemotherapy through February, Skrastins now shows no evidence of disease, but the tumor took most of her eyesight and feeling in her feet.

The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation made the signing possible and the Mountain Lions will have Skrastins at every event possible.

“It teaches the (players) a huge lesson in humility and humanity,” said head coach Chrissy Elder. “It is always a coach’s goal to make a player a better player, but one of the things we try to do here is help make each team member a better person as well.”

“For our girls to see her smile and enjoy life, no matter what has been thrown at her, they can’t help but do the same.”