Families

Want To Get Your
Child In The Game?
You’re Not Alone.

The Power of Team

When your child faces a serious illness or disability, it can impact the entire family. Team IMPACT matches your family with a local college sports team to add to your support system and help your child experience the power of sports, the support of mentors, and the simple joy of being a kid.

Empower your kid to bond with student-athletes who will become an extension of your family, with parents and siblings directly benefiting from this experience of a lifetime. We’ll help the team work around your schedule so your child can build additional social skills and grow confidence on the way to Becoming An All-Star.

How It Works

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Success Stories

Seth talking with Bellarmine basketball coaches and team
Seth has joined Bellarmine University’s (Louisville, Kentucky) Men’s Basketball team. A five-time leukemia survivor, Seth already knows a great deal about courage and tenacity.
In October 2021, twins Lucy and Sophie Stiles became the newest members of the Boston College Women’s Lacrosse Team.

FAQs

Team IMPACT serves children with over 250 life-altering medical conditions and disabilities. At this time, we are unable to serve children with autism spectrum disorder or asthma as a primary diagnosis.

Families can apply for children between the ages of 5 and 16 years old.

We strive to match each child with the team that can provide the best support. We also try to match your child at a school that is conveniently located for your family. We understand some children have preferences for specific sports and will try to accommodate when able, but our priority is to provide the best experience.

Team IMPACT is about relationships. While sports bring matches together, the primary focus is on the support that is gained through being part of a team. Participants do not have to play sports or even be huge sports fans, to benefit from their involvement. Team IMPACT individualizes the program experience to meet the medical, physical, and emotional needs of each child.

We work to match each child as quickly as possible, however, every situation is different. The length of the match-up process can vary based on location or time of year.

Our program is family centered. While one child will be officially signed to the team, participation in Team IMPACT is something that families can do together.

In addition, if you have additional children living with a qualifying medical condition, they can be officially signed to the same team or can be matched with their own team if preferred.

We have limited support available to help with transportation. Your Match-Up Specialist or Case Manager can screen your family for eligibility and discuss available options in more detail.

Team IMPACT has begun to offer services in Spanish. At this time, we do not provide services in any other languages.

Your match will be managed by a highly trained Case Manager, who is either a master’s level social worker or a certified child life specialist. Your Case Manager will provide guidance and recommendations to maximize the success of your match and address any challenges that arise.

Most matches connect, in-person or virtually, between two and four times a month during the school year and monthly during holiday breaks and summer.

Team IMPACT facilitates the match for two years. Afterward, families and teams can stay connected in whatever way works for them.

There is no cost to participate in the program, aside from the costs of transportation to/from visits with the team.

HELP YOUR CHILD EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF TEAM

Your child is going through something most 5-to-16-year-olds aren’t. But illness, disability, ongoing treatment, or extended hospital stays shouldn’t keep your child on the sidelines. 

With Team IMPACT, your child can experience positive social-emotional development through the support of a team. Let us match you with an encouraging, enthusiastic community to welcome and support your whole family on this journey.