Family and Medical FAQs
Which illnesses do you work with?
We work with over 40 life-limiting and chronic illnesses. At this time, we do not work with Autism, Down Syndrome, diabetes and asthma as a primary diagnosis.
What is the age range for children to participate?
The children we work with are between the ages of 5 and 15 years old.
Are any applications not accepted into the program?
Yes, the vast majority of children that apply are accepted into the program. However, if we do not cover a particular illness or we feel that the child or the family is not able to fully commit to the program, we will not enroll that child.
Can newly diagnosed children be drafted?
We ask that children are at least 3 months into their treatment protocol before getting involved in the Team IMPACT program. At this time everyone has a better understanding of both the illness and the benefits from the Team IMPACT program. Families are welcome to apply before that time, but will not be matched until 3 months post diagnosis.
Can we choose the college and sport for my child?
Though we understand children will have different sport preferences, our goal is to match a child with a team that can provide the best support system. Location and proximity are two other factors taken into account in the match-up process.
How long does it take to match a child with a team?
It is our goal to provide the child with a team as soon as possible. Every situation is different and due to a number of factors (i.e. proximity to colleges/universities, summer/winter break schedule, coaching staff changes, etc.) the length of the match-up process can vary.
Can my other children be included?
Our program has a family centered approach. While one child may be diagnosed, any siblings interested can be drafted to the team as well. We hope that participation in Team IMPACT is something that families can do as a whole.
Does Team IMPACT provide transportation?
We require that parents/guardians are able to commit to and provide transportation to practice, games, and outside activities. Should a family use public transportation, we will work to find a school that is the most accessible.
How long will my child be with the team?
Every relationship is unique and there is no specific time or date for graduation. Typically, most relationships last for 2-3 years but this can vary based on the specific circumstances.
Are there any costs or fees associated with this program?
There is no cost to participate in the program. The only costs incurred would be those associated with traveling to visit your child’s team.
What is Team IMPACT’s role and relationship with medical facilities?
Team IMPACT is a third-party, 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides a service to children facing life-limiting and chronic illnesses. We maintain an active dialogue with a number of individuals within hospitals in order to raise awareness for our mission.