Community initiatives

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.

 

CELEBRATION SOCCER

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 13th edition of the Procure Walk of Courage, which took place on June 16 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..

Owner Joey Saputo, President, Kevin Gilmore, 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.

 

LEUCAN – SHAVED HEAD CHALLENGE

As part of MLS WORKS’ Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, club members, employees, executives and also players of the Academy and Pre-Academy, alongside the club’s partners, media representatives and supporters, amassed donations for Leucan by accepting to have their heads shaved in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Stade Saputo, during the game on September 29. The IMFC team was led by club president Kevin Gilmore, who shaved his head live on television to launch the initiative. Our team was successful once again this year, collecting $22,785.

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

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. In 2019, the Montreal Impact gave 12 of Special Olympics Quebec’s athletes a unique experience: the Montreal Impact unified team went to Toronto to take on Toronto FC’s unified team, all players signing a professional contract, travelling by plane and staying in the same hotel as the first team. They met numerous players and members of the technical staff before attending the first team’s game in the evening.

 

MLS WORKS DAY OF SERVICE

As part of the fourth edition of the league’s initiative to highlight Earth Day, the Montreal Impact came to the aid of two community organizations: the community garden of Ruelle de l’avenir organization, and Projet Harmonie, to help in cleaning and other chores, in order to kick spring off on the right foot.