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College Athletic Teams
What type of time commitment is expected of the team that agrees to “draft” a child through Team IMPACT?
The time commitment for a team is certainly not overwhelming. After you are matched with a child you will hold a “draft day” where the child and family will come to your campus or facilities, and you will welcome them as part of your team (a 'meet and greet' event that typically lasts for an hour).
Moving forward, the typical experience involves the child attending various practices, games or other team based activities. So the basic commitment is minimal and essentially involves being a gracious host to your new team mate.
However, commonly as the relationship grows a core group of the athletes will often work with the parents to determine other ways that the team and the child can support each other. Although there aren't stringent requirements, other common activities include:
Keeping in touch with the child via email, Facebook and texting.
Calling the child after a particularly difficult treatment or important test result.
Having a couple of the players visit the child at his/her house, school or at the hospital.
Some families have chosen to invite team members to their houses for dinner or a barbeque.
There are endless possibilities in terms of what form program participation can involve. Commonly as the team gets to know the child and what they have been through, the bonds become very special and very meaningful. As that happens, the interactions tend to increase in terms of quality and frequency. However, these decisions and determinations are made by each team, and the individual athletes on the team in terms of how much time and energy they decide to invest in the relationship.
How do we get started in learning more about potential participation?