How It Works

Through the power of team, kids and student athletes accept, motivate, and inspire one another.

SEE Danielle’s JOURNEY


Eligibility is determined for all kids and teams that apply, and is based on a set of physical, social, and emotional factors.

Team Selection
Factors like proximity to campus, physical and sensory needs, and prognosis are considered for each child. Criteria for team selection include size of team, coaching philosophy, team cohesion, and age and maturity of student athletes.

Developing a Personalized Game Plan

Proactive Guidance and Support
Masters level social workers and child life specialists facilitate relationships between kids and their teams, ensuring that they build rapport, connection, and trust.

Personalized Goal Setting
Case Managers work with families to identify personalized goals and develop a plan to achieve them.

Clinical Interventions
Case Managers use a range of therapeutic techniques, including active listening, validation, scripting, reflection, and anticipatory guidance.

Enhanced Support Initiatives
Case Managers provide individualized education and support to teams about topics including self-care and coping with grief and loss.

Draft Day

Draft Day is when the team officially “drafts” the child onto their roster making him/her an official team member. The team plans their individual Draft Day and can consist of signing ceremonies, press conferences, handing out an official team jersey, a locker in the locker room, and being announced before the start of a game. More than anything, the Draft Day marks that from that point forward, the child is an official member of the team.

Building Relationships

Team IMPACT is a year-round experience.  Through a structured approach, a clinically-trained Team IMPACT Case Manager monitors, guides, and supports both the families and teams to ensure meaningful bonds are formed over the course of the relationship.

Achieving Goals

Reaching Goals
Case Managers asses each participant’s progress to ensure goals are achieved and milestones are reached by Graduation.

Achieving Independence
Over time, relationships between families and teams become less reliant on clinical support and intervention and progress towards Graduation.

The formal facilitation provided by Case Managers ends at Graduation, but the relationships can continue on. This is a time to reflect on and celebrate the achievements attained.


Together we can make a difference. Your generous support helps us empower future generations of champions to lead with empathy, inclusion and resiliency.