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Softball Rivals Fulfill Rylee's 'Dream Day' Wish

Read full coverage from the event by the Canton Repository here.

Cross-town softball rivals Walsh University and Malone University teamed up to help make a dream come true for a local 10-year-old with an incurable illness on Friday, February 26, at the Hall of Fame Fitness Center.

Rylee Abbuhl is a terminally ill, 10-year-old softball player who has a wish to be a college softball player. In trying to get her close to that as possible before her 11th Birthday on March 29, Walsh and Malone played a scrimmage at the Hall of Fame Fitness Center with Rylee throwing out the first pitch. Her softball travel team was also in attendance to support. Prior to the game, Rylee had an opportunity to meet with each team’s players and coaches. After Rylee threw out the first pitch, she watched the game from a chair on the first base side. When Walsh was on defense, the Cavalier pitching coach worked personally with Rylee to help call the pitches.  

“It has been amazing to see how Walsh, Malone and the entire softball community have rallied around Rylee and her story. Our united goal has been to give Rylee a dream softball day and to show her just how much of a sisterhood the softball community is,” said Walsh Softball Head Coach Anna Ball.  “We are proud to be a part of a community that always uplifts and supports people especially during times of need. Thank you to everyone who has helped make this day possible and to give Rylee a dream day.”