HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -- The women's volleyball team at Northern Kentucky University grew by two players Monday.
Taylor and Leah Conrad may be small -- they're 9 and 7 years old, respectively. But as the Norse found out, they've both got energy and fight beyond their years.
Leah has epilepsy; she can have up to 10 seizures a day. Taylor also is epileptic, and she's in remission from an immune disorder that attacks her platelets.
Team Impact, a nonprofit that connects children facing serious and chronic illnesses with collegiate teams, helped the girls "sign" with the Norse. And players more than double the girls' age got a lesson in perseverance.
The Conrads managed to develop a strong bond with their teammates, creating a cycle of empowerment for everyone.
"They walk into our gym and they bring a ton of energy, a lot of smiles and really remind us what it's all about and just to stay strong and tough and face your fears and keep fighting," coach Liz Hart said.
Watch the video above to see more from Taylor and Leah's time on the court with the Norse.