The simple but powerful concept of matching sick kids with college athletic teams has been around for decades. Going as far back as 1960 when football players from Middlebury College started "Picking up Butch", athletic teams have been adopting kids onto their team to the benefit of all parties and participants. For many years this great sports tradition has been profoundly improving the quality of life for countless numbers of courageous kids, as well as providing life lessons and perspective to athletes that cannot be learned in the classroom. In the spring of 2011, Co-Founder Jay Calnan enlisted the support of Co-Founder Dan Kraft and a group of former classmates and business associates with the intention of leveraging their network in order to harness the enduring power of a team and the potential impact on children, their families, and college athletic teams. Since our inception, Team IMPACT has created relationships that have enhanced the lives of thousands of courageous children and touched the lives of tens of thousands of student athletes across the country. The team behind Team IMPACT is honored and inspired to continue and expand the long standing tradition of athletes paying tribute to something that is far greater than themselves; the ability to come together, serve the community and support each and every member of the team through adversity both on and off the field.
We believe that by focusing on the best experience for the child we can also significantly impact families, student athletes, colleges and communities. Over the next few years we will:
- Increase the number of deserving children drafted onto athletic teams on every college campus
- Broaden our impact on campus by providing experiential learning, life skills development and research opportunities for student athletes, on-campus relationship managers, faculty and other students through participation in the Team IMPACT program
- Expand our geographic footprint to cover the entire United States, continuing to expand the Team IMPACT national brand
- Engage our alumni (both children and student athletes) in meaningful ways to enable other children with life threatening and chronic illnesses to benefit from Team IMPACT