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For one child in need of hope, Columbia gives 20 sisters

Updated: October 22, 2008, 3:16 PM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Surrounded on a field by members of the Columbia women's soccer team on an otherwise unremarkable damp autumn evening in Manhattan, Ashley Gankiewicz looks like a typical 6-year-old girl. ("Six and a half," she'll eagerly supply if she's in earshot.) Her steps grow hesitant and her head bobs bashfully as a phalanx of players, holding posters adorned with her name, jog across the field and engulf her small frame. Her body language seems to suggest she's a lucky contest winner suddenly ...

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