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
Fall came early to Stade Saputo last year: for the Leucan Shaved Head Challenge, Montreal Impact president Joey Saputo and 15 other members of the organization saw their foliage fall off to raise funds for the charity helping children with cancer and their family. The operation was a success, the Montreal Impact donating a total of $34,674.50 to Leucan. Other than President Joey Saputo, members from the Academy, from the administrative staff and from the technical staff also decided to get their head shaved for Leucan:
- Karlo Barbour, Impact U18
- Maxim Bischoff, Impact U12
- Tyrese Joseph, Impact U13
- Daniel Loic Tam, Impact U13
- Georges Edouard-Tissot, Impact U13
- Samuel Banfi, Impact U13
- Maximilian Banfi, Impact U13
- Jackson Pickard, Impact U18
- Junior Camara, Impact U18
- Simon Lemire, FC Montréal
- Serge Dinkota, head coach, Impact U13
- Olivier Meilleur-Tremblay, rédacteur-concepteur
- Jordano Aguzzi, vidéographe
- Yannick Girard, préparateur physique
- Nicolas Nault, thérapeute sportif en chef
- Joey Saputo, président
In the name of the Montreal Impact, thank you to all contributors and to the volunteers for your support towards Leucan during the childhood cancer awareness month.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS QUEBEC
Over the past several years, we have been involved in the Special Olympics and supported their annual Festival by having various players and staff take part in the event. This past year, we decided to take our implication to the next level by inviting two lucky soccer teams that were chosen through an internal contest with Special Olympics Quebec to take part in a once in a lifetime experience. They had the opportunity of having a private practice at our training facility with our assistant coach Wilfried Nancy and fitness coach Yannick Girard, in which players Patrice Bernier and Michael Salazar were also involved, sharing their skills and tricks to these athletes. Both teams were also invited back to Stade Saputo, where they got the opportunity of playing with Ambroise Oyongo and Anthony Jackson-Hamel in a friendly game in front of their friends and families. We ended our activity by inviting all athletes and coaches back to Stade Saputo for our final MLS game of the regular season, when they were presented to our fans at half-time. This is an unforgettable experience we are happy to provide to these young athletes and we will continue to grow our implication with Special Oympics Quebec in the years to come.