THAT’S “I” FOR IM­PACT

WHAT HAP­PENS WHEN BOSTON’S POW­ER­MON­GERS JOIN FORCES TO HELP SICK KIDS? A SUPERBOWL-LEVEL WIN.

Boston Common - - CONTENTS - BY KELLY AN­DER­SON

What hap­pens when Boston’s pow­er­mon­gers join forces to help sick kids?

When Jay Cal­nan and

Dan Kraft host a re­cep­tion on Nan­tucket for their non­profit, Team Im­pact, this sum­mer, they will be cel­e­brat­ing many def­i­ni­tions of vic­tory. As Tufts un­der­grads, the duo hit it off in­stantly. Both were sports fa­nat­ics. Both would go on to be­come CEOs of their com­pa­nies. But nei­ther could have pre­dicted that they would start a non­profit that would dra­mat­i­cally change lives.

Why did you start Team Im­pact?

Jay Cal­nan: I have a younger brother who was a bat­boy for the Bris­tol Red Sox in my town be­cause he couldn’t play sports. So I was fa­mil­iar with how the power of sports could help a sick child.

Dan Kraft: We also played sports, and from those ex­pe­ri­ences knew first­hand the life-chang­ing ben­e­fit of be­ing on a

team. Years later, we came to­gether to ap­ply the team con­cept and our busi­ness con­nec­tions to help kids with chronic ill­nesses who need this sup­port sys­tem.

How does it work? JC:

We have a very pas­sion­ate staff of re­la­tion­ship man­agers con­nect with med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als. Those com­mu­ni­ties iden­tify fam­i­lies that would ben­e­fit. Then we find a col­lege team. Fi­nally, we kick it off with a very for­mal and well pub­li­cized me­dia draft day where the child com­mits to that team.

How has Team Im­pact changed your lives? JC:

You see the chil­dren light up and the stu­dent ath­letes re­ally tak­ing the kids un­der their wing. From draft day on, they cre­ate a long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ship over a three-year pe­riod.

DK: As a par­ent, you never want to see your child in pain. To of­fer sup­port to fam­i­lies who strug­gle with ill­ness each and ev­ery day, that is the ul­ti­mate re­ward. Team Im­pact will be host­ing a Nan­tucket event this sum­mer for peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in learn­ing more. Visit teamim­pact.org for de­tails.

“WE CAME TO­GETHER TO AP­PLY THE TEAM CON­CEPT AND OUR BUSI­NESS CON­NEC­TIONS TO HELP KIDS WITH CHRONIC ILL­NESSES.” —dan kraft

Evan Hud­don gives a pep talk to his Univer­sity of Rhode Is­land foot­ball team­mate Shomari Watts. right: Team Im­pact founders Jay Cal­nan and Dan Kraft.

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