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.
Presented by BMO, in collaboration with adidas, Allstate, Evangelista Sports, Husqvarna, Le Grec, Naturiste, Nutrilait, Oasis, Pepsi, Tim Hortons, Ubisoft and Videotron, the Soccer Celebration tour offers, for the past four years, an improved version of the club’s traditional public training sessions, a success since 2002. During the soccer celebrations, a group of 11 Montreal Impact players will participate in mini-games with young players from the local soccer club. The players will also meet supporters for an autograph session at the partners’ tents. At the Impact’s tent, it will be possible to purchase tickets for a game at Stade Saputo at an exclusive rate. Inflatable games, an Evangelista Sports mini-boutique and workshops courtesy of the Impact Soccer Schools will also be available. Entrance is free of charge for everyone starting at 6pm in order to take part in the numerous contests and activities presented by our partners. The Impact will be at Terrain Westwood Junior, in Saint-Lazare, on Tuesday, June 5, at 6pm (2876 chemin Saint-Louis), followed by stops at Parc Corbeil, in Terrebonne, on Thursday, June 14, at 6pm (795 rue John-F. Kennedy), at Parc Jean-Claude-Crevier, in Repentigny, on Thursday, June 28, at 6pm (232 rue Bertrand) and at Parc Marcel-Laurin, in Borough Saint-Laurent, on Thursday, September 6, at 6pm (2385 boulevard Thimens).
PROCURE – WALK OF COURAGE
The Montreal Impact participated in the 12th edition of the Procure Walk of Courage, which took place on June 17 at Mount-Royal. Every year, this 5km walk assembles hundreds of Montrealers to celebrate Father’s Day, all while supporting the fight against prostate cancer.
President Joey Saputo, the first team and the technical staff, the Academy’s and Pre-academy’s players and administrative employees all walked to raise awareness about prostate cancer in Quebec.
All funds collected during the event are given to PROCURE, the only charity in Quebec dedicated entirely to the fight against prostate cancer through research, information, and support programs for patients – including a 24/7 helpline.
In 2018, 4,600 Quebeckers will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and one in seven men will be affected by this disease.
LEUCAN – SHAVED HEAD CHALLENGE
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month across MLS. The Montreal Impact joined the movement by participating in the Leucan Shaved Heads Challenge for a seventh consecutive year.
In all, the Montreal Impact team raised $16,000. Since 2012, the Impact has raised more than $81 000 to support Leucan and to help children diagnosed with cancer.
First team player Jason Beaulieu, many players and trainers from the Academy and Pre-Academy, members of the administrative team as well as three club supporters shaved their heads for a cause they hold dear.
Leucan promotes the recovery and the well-being of cancer-stricken children and supports their families by providing distinctive and tailored services and assistance through every stage of cancer and its side-effects. For more information about Leucan, visit the website.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS QUEBEC
During the 2018 season, two clubs composed of Special Olympic athletes, the Lajemmerais-Vallée-du-Richelieu Cougars, as well as the Saint-Jérôme Grizzlys, will face each other in a friendly game at Stade Saputo on September 23. Both teams will also have to chance to participate in a training session a few weeks earlier in the company of coaches from the first team and the academy.
On June 30, during the game against Sporting Kansas City, the 24 athletes and six coaches were presented to the crowd at Stade Saputo.
The Impact is committed to putting diversity, equality, and inclusion at every level of the sport to the forefront and continues to support programs that increase accessibility to soccer in order to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.
MLS WORKS DAY OF SERVICE
As part of the third edition of the week of volunteering organized by MLS WORKS, the Montreal Impact participated in a volunteering activity tied to environmental initiatives. More than 30 members of the club’s technical and administrative personnel came in support of the Comité de la ruelle Basile-Patenaude, in Rosemont-La Petite Patrie, for its annual maintenance day. Many tasks were on the program, including the spreading of woodchips, cutting grass, and the painting and cleaning of buildings. All in all, over 1,500 members from MLS and its clubs participated in volunteering activities during the course of the week. This initiative is part of the club’s 25 for 25 project, as part of the club’s 25th anniversary.