Each year, thousands of high schoolers across the country sign their national letters of intent to play a variety of sports at one of the NCAA’s three intercollegiate levels. But sometimes the players who make the biggest impact on each other’s lives will never step on the playing surface or even appear in any game for their respective programs.

They’re the teammates you laugh and share stories with behind the scenes. They’re the teammates that teach you that there is always a bigger meaning behind participating in sports. They’re the same teammates that teach us how to love, care and respect each other.

Those teammates are the children from Team IMPACT.