Princeton Athletics Earns 2024 Team IMPACT Fellowship Campus of the Year Award

PRINCETON, N.J. – Princeton Athletics has been named the recipient of the 2024 Team IMPACT Division I Fellowship Campus of the Year Award, the organization announced.

Princeton has a long history of supporting Team IMPACT, a nonprofit organization that matches children facing serious illness and disability with college sports teams. Since 2011, the Team IMPACT program has matched more than 3,000 children with 750 colleges and universities in all 50 states. Princeton first teamed up with Team IMPACT in 2013 and has since welcomed a total of 14 children to team rosters for multi-year partnerships. The 2023-24 academic year saw children matched with six Tiger teams, including softball, men’s golf, men’s lacrosse, women’s swimming & diving, men’s swimming & diving and men’s basketball.

“Princeton Athletics is incredibly honored to receive the 2024 Team IMPACT Campus Fellowship Award” said Ford Family Director of Athletics, John Mack ’00. “Princeton’s partnership with Team IMPACT has been a transformative experience for our student-athletes and coaches, and we are humbled to know that our efforts have created such positive and impactful experiences for our Team IMPACT teammates. Our fellows Grace [Jackson] and Maddie [Seltzer] have done a wonderful job leading this program on our campus, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Team IMPACT in the future.”

Student-athletes Grace Jackson ’24 (softball) and Maddie Seltzer ’25 (swimming & diving) represented Princeton Athletics as part of the Team IMPACT Fellowship program this past year. The program invites student-athletes to serve in a leadership role and collaborate with their athletic departments to bring awareness to the organization and increase participation among their teams.

In these roles, Jackson and Seltzer helped grow the number of Princeton teams matched with the program from just two sports to six, with a seventh team slated to be matched this fall. They frequently met with case managers at local children’s hospitals and spoke with coaches to increase awareness of the program. The Fellows, in concert with the athletic department, hosted an ice cream party for all participating programs and their matches, organized multiple Team IMPACT awareness games on campus, and led a variety of team-sponsored activities with their Team IMPACT teammates.

“I have absolutely loved representing Team IMPACT at Princeton through the Fellowship program. Over this past year, Maddie and I have accomplished connecting many more teams and children while creating some special memories for both student athletes and the families,” said Grace Jackson ’25. “Having Brooke join our Princeton softball family has been one of the most rewarding experiences during my time on campus. I am so grateful for how accepting and supportive the Princeton Athletics community has been in welcoming Team IMPACT, and I cannot wait to watch the program continue to grow.”
 
The Fellowship Awards were created to recognize the hard work of different individuals and teams over the course of a year and to highlight the dedication, creative ideas, and growth of programming across these campuses. The other two campuses who were recognized this year were Regis University (Division II) and Tufts University (Division III).

“We are so proud to present Princeton Athletics with the 2024 Division I Fellowship Campus of the Year Award. Due in large part to the dedication of our Fellows, this school year alone Princeton has nearly doubled the number of children and families welcomed onto its campus through Team IMPACT,” said Team IMPACT CEO, Joe Daniels. “We look forward to watching these friendships thrive and continuing to make an even bigger impact in Princeton’s campus community.”
 
Princeton Athletics will accept the award on July 18th during Team IMPACT’s annual Fellowship Summit in Boston, Mass.