Since 1993, the Impact is actively involved in the community and has developed partnerships with various organizations over the years. The team supports and encourages causes that revolve primarily around the wellbeing and development of children.
PROCURE – WALK OF COURAGE
Since 2007, the Montreal Impact supports Procure, a non-profit organization committed to encouraging education, treatment and research for prostate cancer. Together with the Montreal Canadiens and the Montreal Alouettes, the Montreal Impact takes part in the Walk of Courage, a major popular gathering held on Father’s Day every year. On this occasion, Impact president Joey Saputo, our players and employees, as well as club mascot Tac-Tik, join thousands of walkers with the aim of raising funds for the prevention and treatment of a cancer that affects one out of seven men.
LEUCAN – SHAVED HEAD CHALLENGE
For a sixth consecutive year, the Montreal Impact participated in the Leucan shaved heads challenge. Members of the Pre-Academy and the Academy, the administrative staff, the technical staff, two players from the first team and two fans participated in the challenge organized by the non-profit, whose aim is to provide services to children suffering from cancer and their families. The challenge was a huge success and the Montreal Impact was able to hand Leucan a cheque of $15,985. Since the Montreal Impact’s implication with Leucan began, the Bleu-blanc-noir has raised over $65,000 via the Shave heads challenge.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS QUEBEC
The first ever Special Olympics friendly match between two Canadian MLS teams, the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC, took place on August 27 at Stade Saputo. Each team consisted of athletes from the Special Olympics and unified athletes. Both teams also had the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour of Montreal’s Old Port and to attend the game between the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC. The MLS and the Montreal Impact are engaged to bringing diversity, equality, and inclusion to the forefront and to continue to support programs that improve soccer’s accessibility and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.
Presented by BMO, in collaboration with Adidas, Allstate, Evangelista Sports, Husqvarna, Marquise Condos, Naturiste, Nutrilait, Oasis, Tim Hortons and Uniprix, this tour has, for the last three years, provided an improved format of the club’s traditional public practices, a success since 2002.
The Impact’s first public practice will be held in Parc de Lausanne, in Laval, on June 6 at 6pm (425, rue de Lausanne), followed by stops at Parc de la Rabastalière, in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, on June 13 at 6pm (1353, rue Goyer) and at Parc Jean-Claude-Crevier, in Repentigny, on July 11 at 6pm (232, rue Bertrand), before the tour’s last date on August 8 at 6pm at Parc Pierre-Laporte, in Boucherville (510, chemin du Lac - Elie-Saab 2 field).
During the soccer celebrations, a group of Montreal Impact 11 players will play mini-games with young players of the community and meet fans at autograph sessions.
Inflatable games, an Evangelista Sports mini-boutique and workshops by the Montreal Impact soccer schools are also among the tour’s features. Access is free of charge for all.