Young UConn Huskies fan receives an unforgettable surprise from women’s basketball team

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SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Some players of the UConn women basketball team took a few moments out of their busy schedule to surprise a little girl from Southington.

8-year-old Daniella Ciriello is a fighter because she has to be. On Thursday, the little Huskies fan was all smiles when she was told by the players of the UConn women’s basketball team she would be attending their next game this Friday.

Daniella is now on her way to Texas with her mom to watch the UConn women play in the Final Four on Friday. The wonderful surprise is due to Team IMPACT, where they connect college sports teams to chronically ill children.

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Daniella battles Thalassemia, a blood disorder where she needs a blood transfusion every three weeks just to live. She says the UConn women are like her family, so when they surprised her on a Zoom call, it was an unforgettable moment for her.

“I did not know what to say. Thank you so much. I’m just blown away!” Daniella says.

Daniella reached the stadium on Friday and is more than ready for the big game!

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9/9 @Central Connecticut 6:30pm FS1%
9/13 @ Coppin State Noon FS2
9/17 @ Long Island 6:30pm FS2
9/20 @ Binghamton non FS2
9/24 vs. Auburn 2:30pm ESPN
9/25 vs. Michigan State/Loyola-Chicago TBD ESPN/ ESPN2
9/26 vs. TBD TBD TBD
9/30 @ Maryland-Eastern Shore 7:00pm CBS SN
12/4 @ Grambling State 4:00pm FS2
12/8 @West Virginia TBD TBD
12/11 vs. St. Bonaventure 3:30pm ESPN2
12/18 @ Providence 5:00pm FOX
12/21 @ Marquette 9:00pm FS1
12/28 @ Xavier 7:00pm FS1
1/1 vs. Butler 4:00pm FS1
1/8 @ Seton Hall Noon FOX
1/12 vs. St. John’s 8:30pm FS1
1/15 @ Providence 2:00pm FS1
1/20 @ Butler 9:00pm FS1
1/25 @ Georgetown 8:30pm CBS SN
1/29 @ DePaul 6:30pm FS1
2/1 vs. Creighton 6:30pm FS1
2/5 @ Villanova Noon FOX
2/8 vs. Marquette 6:30pm FS1
2/13 @ St. John’s Noon FOX
2/16 vs. Seton Hall 8:30pm CBS SN
2/19 vs. Xavier noon FOX
2/22 vs. Villanova 8:00pm FS1
2/27 @ Georgetown Noon CBS
3/2 @ Creighton 8:30pm FS1
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