Twible joins the Pride through Team IMPACT and the Hofstra community could not be happier with his addition to the team and the excitement he will bring to the program.
Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit that connects children facing serious and chronic illnesses with local college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes.
Robbie is 15 years old and lives in East Meadow, New York, with his parents, Kathy and Robert, and his 10-year-old sister, Allie.
Robbie was born with skin missing from his legs and shortly thereafter diagnosed with epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a rare genetic disorder that affects the connective tissue and causes blisters on the skin and internal organs. In short, Robbie’s body doesn’t produce Collagen 7 to hold the layers of his skin together.
But Robbie refuses to let his diagnosis define him or hold him back and has spent his whole life defying the odds. Robbie was born to be in the spotlight and loves theatre and performing. At just 15 years old, he has already had multiple run-ins with fame – appearing on Ellen, meeting Justin Timberlake (four times!), and dancing with the Jersey Boys, to name a few. He somehow still finds the time to perform in school plays, save money for Broadway tickets, announce JV basketball games AND keep the clock. As I’m sure you will soon learn, Robbie is smart, supportive, hilarious, and definitely not afraid to voice his opinion when a ref makes a bad call! It’s clear Robbie is a fighter who truly embodies the Pride’s never-quit spirit, and he and his family are so excited to become part of the Hofstra Athletics family and have you all become part of their family as well.
Special thank you to Hofstra sophomore Eli Pemberton for spearheading the Pride adding a new teammate.
It was a great day yesterday for Hofstra Basketball and we look forward to Robbie helping us be successful throughout the season.