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IMPANO athletics
center for athlete development and sports excellence 

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Sport has become a world language, a common denominator that breaks down all the walls, all the barriers. It is a worldwide industry whose practices can have widespread impact. Most of all, it is a powerful tool for progress and for development

– Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General 




what we do​

Promote the sport of track and field while focusing on positive health, character, teamwork, attitude and strengthening youth both physically and mentally.
​​Develop sustainable programs to encourage and increase participation of girls in track. 

Use Impano's Talent Identification System to identify, select and develop  future leaders and champions in sports. 

Turn talented underserved children into model student-athletes prepared for elite level athletics and university enrollment.  


Our Founder Allen Simms was a standout athlete and national champion in track and field.  He graduated from University of Southern California in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in multimedia technology and earned a Master of Art in Liberal Studies and a graduate certificate in Global Studies from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 2014. He holds IAAF and USATF coaching certificates in athletics specializing in jumping events and currently coaches at Cornell University guiding athletes to succeed both on the track and classroom.

He has a unique passion and love for Africa and serving the sports community. Now as the founder of  Impano Academy Rwanda, he is focused on sharing his knowledge as a former athlete and coach with full dedication to the youth that is not privileged to receive quality coaching in track and field. 

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