INDIANAPOLIS--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Finish Line Youth Foundation announced today the award of $148,800 in grants and $375,000 in donations for Special Olympics in the third quarter of 2016. The 17 grants to youth organizations in 15 states and Washington, D.C. focus on healthy lifestyles and youth development. The financial commitment to Special Olympics supports fitness initiatives that are focused on helping athletes with intellectual disabilities nationwide live a healthier lifestyle.
“Supporting Special Olympics and youth organizations that offer everything from overnight camp experiences to community buildings provides crucial opportunities for kids to be active and healthy”
Finish Line stores nationwide are hosting an in-store and online holiday drive through December 24 dedicated to the Finish Line and Special Olympics partnership to support local programs nationwide.
“Supporting Special Olympics and youth organizations that offer everything from overnight camp experiences to community buildings provides crucial opportunities for kids to be active and healthy,” said Marty Posch, Finish Line Youth Foundation president.
The Finish Line Youth Foundation supports qualified non-profit organizations that provide community-based access to athletics for children and camps that provide services to those who are disadvantaged or disabled.
The deadline to submit grant applications for youth organizations online for this quarter is December 31, 2016.
Chapman Partnership (Miami, Fla.) – $75,000 for a basketball court and play space renovations serving more than 900 youth.
Camp Horizon (Atlanta) – $5,000 to fund summer camp of mentoring and sports activities for 200 at-risk foster youth.
Camp Smile-A-Mile (Birmingham, Ala.) – $5,000 for programs for 300 of Alabama’s children with cancer.
Camp Summerhouse (Charleston, S.C.) – $2,500 for 2017 Camp Rise Above summer camp for 200 youth with chronic illness.
Disabled Sports USA (Rockville, Md.) – $5,000 for Ski Spectacular Race Camp for 20 youth with disabilities.
Flying Horse Farms (Mt. Gilead, Ohio) – $5,000 for summer camp for 570 youth with serious illness.
Kids in Crisis (Cos Cob, Conn.) – $5,000 to support Safe Haven Summer Camp serving 25 infants, children and teens from abuse and family crisis.
Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club (Milwaukee, Wis.) – $5,000 for America SCORES soccer program serving 170 students from seven low-income elementary schools.
Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (Las Vegas) – $5,000 to support Camp Cartwheel serving 210 children with cancer.
Ronald McDonald House of Southern CA (Los Angeles) – $5,000 to support Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times for 1,200 children with cancer and their siblings.
Center for Women in Transition (Holland, Mich.) – $5,000 for Girls on the Run of Ottawa and Allegan Counties serving 1,400 at-risk girls.
Defending the Blue Line (Hastings, Minn.) – $5,000 to support Scholarship program for healthy and active lifestyles serving 5,000 children of active military families.
Playworks New England (Boston) – $5,000 for Playworks Education Energized programs impacting 35,000 children across New England.
Powerplay NYC (Brooklyn, N.Y.) – $5,000 for STARS After School physical education program for 1,000 low-income girls.
Teens Run DC (Washington, D.C.) – $5,000 to support after-school running program serving 400 at-risk youth.
Trinity Boston Foundation (Boston) – $5,000 for Sole Train mentoring and community-building program serving 140 youth in 13 Boston Public Schools.
Wings of Eagles Ranch (Concord, N.C.) – $1,300 to support climbing equipment for challenge course benefiting 350 special needs youth.
About The Finish Line Youth Foundation
The Finish Line Youth Foundation strives to make a difference in the lives of youth in the communities where employees and customers live, work and play. The Youth Foundation funds non-profit organizations that provide opportunities for kids to participate in community-based youth athletic programs and camps that emphasize active lifestyles, especially programs that serve disadvantaged and special needs kids. For more information about the Youth Foundation, please visit our website and watch the “Kids Are Awesome” video. Follow Finish Line Youth Foundation on Twitter at Twitter.com/FinishLineYF as well as on Instagram at Instagram.com/FinishLineYF and “like” the Youth Foundation on Facebook at Facebook.com/FinishLineYouthFoundation.