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About IMPACT Sports

IMPACT Sports provides high quality recreational sports and enrichment for low-income and immigrant youth. The program forms and operates youth sports teams and after-school programs in neighborhoods where young people are often disconnected from local athletic leagues.

This program aims to:

  • Support at-risk youth in the Long Branch, Wheaton and Briggs Chaney neighborhoods of Silver Spring to access year-round local recreational sporting activities that enable them to be more physically, socially, and psychologically fit while improving their skills in soccer and/or basketball.
  • Train volunteer coaches in First Aid/CPR and provide regular coaching support and training.
  • Connect interested parents, coaches, and other related adults to the greater IMPACT Network.


The History of IMPACT Sports

In 2011, IMPACT acquired the Long Branch Athletic Association (LBAA), and has incorporated it as a program providing youth with access to after-school sports teams and other enrichment opportunities. This is especially important in Montgomery County’s low-income neighborhoods, where few opportunities exist for youth to par-ticipate in affordable, geographically accessible, team-based sports. While initially focused exclusively in the Long Branch neighborhood, IMPACT Sports expanded in 2014 to facilitate and support an emerging sports network in the Wheaton and Briggs Chaney communities. Our efforts to break down barriers to participation-- like cost and proximity of play-- have resulted in high levels of youth participation and parental involvement. Our goal is to merge the high quality, academy-style programs with the accessibility of recreational sports.


IMPACT Sports Sponsors

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