Team IMPACT pairs kids with serious illness and disability with college teams to build bonds that last far beyond just photo opportunities. We empower kids to find a safe, supportive, and encouraging environment with their college team.
While Team IMPACT serves all children with serious illness and disability, we want to get more girls in the game.
In our 11 year history, Team IMPACT has matched over one thousand girls facing serious illness and disability with teams across the country. These teams are led by thousands of students athletes and touched by hundreds of female coaches and athletic directors. All have had a tremendous impact on our mission and vision, but our work isn’t done. 70% of Team IMPACT referrals are boys, and there are dozens of female teams waiting to find a match family.
The Tennessee Lady Volunteers softball team was recently matched with 8-year-old Ava, forming a quick bond over dance parties in the locker room and high fives on the team. Notes one student-athlete, “She just brings a lot of light to our team.”
We believe in providing student-athletes with the necessary skills to make an impact, not only in the lives of the children and families who participate in our program, but also on their college campuses and in their communities.
Over 30,000 female student-athletes have participated in Team IMPACT over our 11-year history; these teammates are graduating from colleges and universities with new perspectives and a force for change. The skills they acquire while matched with a child and family through Team IMPACT – from self-awareness and empathy to leadership and inclusivity – can positively alter their life forever.