We use the language of sport to turn
trauma into generational cycles of hope.

Because no one should grow up feeling they have been left to figure out life alone.
We use the language of sport to turn
trauma into generational cycles of hope.
Because no one should grow up feeling they have been left to figure out life alone.
192

overdoses occur daily in the USA, resulting in the loss of 134 lives in that same span. Every single day.
75,000

American lives could be lost in the next decade by increased suicide and overdose related to COVID-19.
$355,936

is the taxpayer savings when we can prevent one person from the average incarceration of 19.2 yrs.
[Source: TDCJ $50.79/day]
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years of proven impact in a dozen nations utilizing the platform of sport to ignite cycles of Hope
RELEVANT | REACHABLE | REAL
The Epidemic of Trauma
There is a ruthless enemy attacking our nation. Its name is Trauma.
From the inner city to affluent suburbs, millions of American teens live haunted by the effects of the breakdown of the family unit, abuse, neglect, loss, or having a parent incarcerated or trapped in addiction. Traumatized emotions often lead to adverse behaviors with potentially tragic outcomes. Without the skills conducive to growth, these cycles perpetuate from generation to generation. From prevention to recovery, we fight back!

You cannot undo the past - what has been to you or what you have done.
But you can change the future if you ignite you first.
WHO WE ARE
Ignite U1 is an education-based initiative of Ignite International, Inc. (est. 2003) empowering teens and adults to break the cycles of intergenerational trauma and equipping them to ignite generational cycles of hope.

WHAT WE DO
Our U1 LIVE workshops and Experience create a spark point to confront the roots of trauma by showcasing the journey of extreme overcomers, coaching practical skills, and introducing a collaborative roadmap to long-term recovery.

WHY WE DO IT
No one should grow up feeling they have been left to figure out life alone

WHY CHOOSE IGNITE U1?
"The tools of sports activities provide entree into the lives of those who have experienced trauma or who live on the margins of life. It's a setup to introduce the Truth into their lives and no one does that better than Ignite U1." ~ Hope Farm
UNIQUELY INSPIRED
Ignite U1 is uniquely inspired by a courageous single mother of two whose journey through unrelenting trauma culminated in wrongful incarceration, as featured by Dateline NBC and Killer Affair - Oxygen Network. Out of a subsequent random introduction to a four-time hall of fame coach has grown not only a profound friendship but a shared determination
to break the cycles of trauma and ignite generational cycles of hope.

"There are so many people facing so many situations who don't know how to get their life back.
If we can help just one of them, everything I've been through will surely be worth it."
Katie Phipps ~ Ignite U1
OUR APPROACH
Our unique approach customizes three core components: Active engagement, relevant "real talk", and practical application to inspire reachable hope and ignite real transformation.

As physical goods meet essential physical needs, cycles of trauma are broken when one is empowered in a language understood, and delivered through those who understand. By connecting overcomers with those striving to overcome, we help break cycles of generational trauma and ignite generational cycles of hope.
EMPOWER THROUGH ENGAGEMENT
The common love of sport invites rapport, bridges diverse contexts, and opens hearts to the "real talk" delivered through voices of relevant experience.
EQUIP THROUGH APPLICATION
Sports and life are won and lost at the fundamentals. The personalized application of success principles inspires reachable hope to ignite real transformation.
THIS IS EXACTLY HOW IT WORKS
Sandwiched between RAPPORT and RELATIONSHIP, our team delivers authenticity that is: RELEVANT, REACHABLE, and REAL.
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The beginning of lasting impact is RAPPORT. Through active engagement, we open the door to coaching practical skills.
Our team of athletes, coaches, and everyday overcomers share RELEVANT experiences that inspire REACHABLE hope.
We invite inspiration to ignite REAL transformation by fostering RELATIONSHIP and introducing a roadmap for long-term recovery.
WHO WE SERVE
RELEVANT | REACHABLE | REAL
"That activity you had us do will always remind me that whether I take big steps or small, or even if I stumble...if I keep going, I will reach my destination. I learned that from you."
Tashawna ~ Ignite U1 attendee

Our network of agency partners includes:

Addiction Services

Addiction | Opioid Crisis

Overdose | Teen Addiction

Parental Addiction

Crisis and Recovery Centers

Anxiety | Depression | PTSD | CPTSD

Teen Pregnancy | Tragic Loss | Illness

Veterans Mental Health | Suicide

Preventative Services

Education | Family Breakdown

Gang Prevention | Substance Abuse

At-risk Teens | At-risk Parents

Correctional Restoration

Incarceration | Parental Incarceration

Recidivism | Reentry

Youth Correctional Services

Shelters | Protective Services

Abuse | Domestic Violence

Homelessness

Sex Industry | Trafficking

DON'T SEE YOURS?

NO PROBLEM!

WE CUSTOMIZE THE IGNITE U1 LIVE EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR AUDIENCE! LET's START THE CONVERSATION!

REAL PEOPLE | REAL IMPACT
RELEVANT | REACHABLE | REAL
WAYS YOU CAN IGNITE HOPE
RELEVANT | REACHABLE | REAL
"She told my story!"
Reggie ~ Ignite U1 attendee | Age 14

When you donate to Ignite U1, you help ignite hope for guys like Reggie, whose environment offers an inevitable future of gang activity, and incarceration. Yet Reggie found hope through the voice of one whose context is different, but whose story the same.
We cannot do this alone!
Would you help us ignite hope for more Reggies?

Donate Money
Help us ignite hope for teens and adults caught in cycles of trauma by setting up a recurring gift or a one-time donation. CLICK BELOW to give now.
Donate Sponsorship
Multiply your impact or invite your company to participate in a corporate sponsorship opportunity.
CLICK HERE for sponsorship options.
Donate Time
Apply to serve on our Ignite U1 team, join one of our support events, be an MVP and invite others to financially support Ignite U1. CLICK HERE to start.
On June 1, 2021, Ignite International announced Ms. Katie Phipps the 2021 Wynner of the Year
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What you wish to ignite in others must first burn within yourself.
~ Aurelius Augustinus ~