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More Tip the Hat Check Deliveries!

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LIDS Sports Group associates were busy this past week awarding TWO more Tip the Hat checks to organizations from the grant award program this past April.

California District Manager, Anthony Anderson, visited Project Fit America to deliver their $25,000 grant award check in person! He was able to see where all the programming for fit kids happens! Thank you to Project Fit for being such a great partner of the LIDS Foundation! Those hats look fantastic! #CaptownUSA

Another Tip the Hat check was delivered last week on the opposite side of the country, Virginia! District Manager, Paul Clark, and one of his store managers, delivered the $75,000 grant check to Our Military Kids at a Potomac Nat's game! LIDS celebrated Our Military Kids' achievement by watching some baseball with Matthew Lockwood, Director of Development for Our Military Kids, and a local military family. 


 

Congrats again to both Tip the Hat finalists!

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LIDS Mad Hatter 5k presented by LIDS Foundation

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The 2nd Annual LIDS Mad Hatter 5k presented by LIDS Foundation is this weekend, June 17th! Celebrate Father's Day weekend with an awesome 5k run/walk at LIDS Sports Group headquarters - CAPTOWN USA!

Want to join in on the fun?

Register today: https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=126185 

Pictures from last year's race!



 

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Tip the Hat Check Deliveries!

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LIDS Sports Group field employees had the pleasure of delivering the grant checks from the Tip the Hat Award in April. 

Playsmart based in Omaha, Nebraska won 4th place with the amount of $25,000. Associates in the Omaha area joined Playsmart staff at their base program - Leadership Academy. At this Leadership Academy, Playsmart invites rural, suburban, and inner city students together for an experience of learning they have potential and how they can take these new skills back to the classroom, courts and fields!

Chad Soupir, Regional Director of Playsmart Omaha, was excited to meet some of the LIDS team and receive the Tip the Hat funds in front of tons of kids! "It takes a lot of hard work and a supportive robust partnership with LIDS to make this happen for kids," said Soupir. "I loved learning more about LIDS today and the culture it was founded on!"

Associates from the Charlotte, North Carolina area were able to meet staff and tour the Girls on the Run International office this past week. Girls on the Run International won 3rd place in the Tip the Hat Award competition with an amount of $50,000. Girls on the Run has chapters all across the country. Their mission is to "inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based cirriculum which creatively integrates running".

Nathan Potter, District Manager for LIDS Sports Group, said, "It was an amazing experience to see the impact we make through our LIDS Foundation efforts first hand!"

Congratulations again to our Tip the Hat winners! 

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5th Annual Tip the Hat Awards

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The LIDS Foundation "tipped their hat" for the 5th year in a row to five deserving charities across the country last Tuesday evening.

The LIDS Foundation, a charitable 501(c)(3) organization and the philanthropic support arm of retailer LIDS Sports Group, has named its 2017 “Tip the Hat Award” grant recipients. The Foundation’s national grant program provided $300,000 in funding to five deserving nonprofits this year.

The “Tip the Hat Award” is the LIDS Foundation’s largest annual grant, which supports nonprofits that promote active and healthy lifestyles as well as leadership and growth opportunities for today’s youth. Since the national grant program’s inception in 2013, the LIDS Foundation has gifted over $1 million in grant money to deserving nonprofits.

Grant recipients were selected from an open call for entries then placed before an online fan vote that determined the program’s five finalists. Finally, LIDS Sports Group employees participated in an employee-only survey that determined the level of grant support each finalist received.

First place ($125,000): Nine13sports (Indianapolis)

Nine13sports is committed to teaching the multi-faceted benefits of cycling and uses it to positively influence youth.

Second place ($75,000): Our Military Kids (McLean, Va.)

Our Military Kids, Inc. keeps military children engaged in activities of their choosing while providing grants for fees associated with athletics, fine arts and tutoring programs.

Third place ($50,000): Girls on the Run International (Charlotte, N.C.)

Girls on the Run International is focused on inspiring young girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.

Fourth place ($25,000): Project Fit America (Sonoma, Calif.)

Project Fit America creates and implements exemplary fitness in education programs in elementary and middle schools.

Fifth place ($25,000): PlaySmart (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

PlaySmart helps underserved students realize their academic and life potential through sports. The organization’s focuses on middle school-aged kids who would otherwise not have these opportunities.

“This year’s recipients are so deserving, and it’s an honor to support their missions and enable them to make an even greater impact in their communities,” said Glenn Campbell, LIDS co-founder and LIDS Foundation board member. “Both the LIDS Foundation and LIDS Sports Group understands the importance of uplifting today’s youth, and we will continue to reward those leading the charge.”

All recipients were recognized and celebrated at a special ceremony hosted by the LIDS Foundation at the retailer’s national headquarters in Indianapolis on April 11.


 

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2nd Annual LIDS Mad Hatter 5k presented by LIDS Foundation

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Join us for the 2nd Annual LIDS Mad Hatter 5k presented by LIDS Foundation!

https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=126185

What: 5k run/walk fundraiser for the LIDS Foundation

Where: LIDS Sports Group - Zionsville, IN

When: Saturday, June 17th 

Time: 8 a.m.

**After the race, all participants will be able to shop our HUGE sample hat sale. All hats will be $2 a piece! 

Noble Order Brewery will be providing beer for participants post race as well!

 

 



 

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LIDS Foundation supports Night for the Fight for CancerFree KIDS!

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For the second year in a row, LIDS Foundation supported CancerFree KIDS annual fundraiser, Night for the Fight at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio!

Night for the Fight is a unique event planned by students for students that benefits CancerFree KIDS.The event not only raises much needed money for pediatric cancer research, it inspires the next generation to join the battle to eliminate childhood cancer. Through a night filled with games, food, fun, and inspiration, this one of a kind event makes a difference for children fighting cancer!

We were so happy to be a part of such a wonderful night! Great to have partners like CancerFree KIDS!

 

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Employee Volunteering

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This week was full of Little Wish Foundation wish deliveries! More and more LIDS employees were able to be a part of these kiddos special days! 

Peyton Manning Children's Hospital - Indianapolis, IN

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital - Palo Alto, CA

Peyton Manning Children's Hospital - Indianapolis, IN

Peyton Manning Children's Hospital - Indianapolis, IN

Phoenix Children's Hospital - Phoenix, AZ

Mattel UCLA Children's Hospital - Los Angeles, CA

 

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Little Wish Day

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Last Monday (2/20) was the celebration of Little Wish Foundation and their inspiration, Max!

http://www.littlewishfoundation.org/learn/  

LIDS Sports Group associates were able to be a part of the special day by delivering cupcakes and small gifts to the patients of Peyton Manning Children's Hospital and Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.

The cupcakes were a big hit! So many smiles to go around! Thank you to Little Wish Foundation for allowing us to be a part of this special day!

Here's to a new year with the Little Wish Foundation and another great year of putting smiles on children's faces!
 

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Employee Vote - Tip the Hat Award

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Tip The Hat Grant Competition

All LIDS Sports Group employees will have the opportunity to vote for an organization. It will be up to YOU on which organization wins the top grant amount of $125,000!

Who do you want to win the BIG prize? You can vote now once per device till this Friday at 11:59 pm EST.

Vote by taking the survey now: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R8W3FXX

**You must be a LIDS Sports Group employee to vote.

1st place - $125,000
2nd place - $75,000
3rd place - $50,000
4th place - $25,000
5th place - $25,000

The Tip the Hat Grant Competition is the largest grant LIDS Foundation gives out annually. This year, the top 5 organizations will each get a piece of $300,000! The grants will be awarded on Tuesday, April 11th at the annual Blue Carpet Ceremony.

LIDS Foundation has given away more than $1.5 million with the annual Tip the Hat Grant Award. We wouldn't be able to give this much away if it wasn't for YOUR participation with the LIDS Foundation!

Top 5 organizations announced!

Girls on the Run International 
Mission: Believes every girl is inherently full of power and potential with the ability to change the world. They inspire young girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. 

Nine13sports 
Mission: Promotes health, wellness, and exercise for local youth between the ages of 5 and 18 through the Kids Riding Bikes® program. They have created a unique initiative in which they have integrated the traditional bicycle with technology to provide a turnkey product for youth programs, schools, and other community organizations. 

Our Military Kids 
Mission: Supports children, 5th to 12th grade, of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members and children of wounded warriors from all service branches. Grants pay for participation in activities that help children cope with stress and anxiety while their parents are recovering or absent. 

Playsmart 
Mission: Provides athletic and academic opportunities to America's youth. Playsmart's team of coaches and educators are in a unique position to inspire and help fill in the gaps of youth by empowering students beyond the field or court. 

Project Fit America 
Mission: Creates and implements exemplary fitness in education programs in elementary and middle schools across the country. Under this umbrella, they address self-esteem, fitness and exercise as fun, understanding the body as well as leadership, sportsmanship and character development.

 

 



 

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Tip the Hat Finalists

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Top 10 Organizations

Below, please read more information about each finalist.

Click here to vote for your favorite! 

Baseball for All

Too many girls are still told they can’t play baseball because they are girls. If you tell a girl she can’t play baseball what else will she think she can’t do? Baseball for All empowers girls who love baseball through tournament play and leadership activities. We want girls to know they can follow their passions and that they have no limits. Baseball for All dedicates its resources to the year-round outreach, education and advocacy of girls’ baseball throughout the country. 2017 Nationals will be the largest girl’s baseball tournament in U.S. history, serving 6 age groups and approximately 250 girls. The LIDS Foundation’s Tip the Hat Award will be instrumental in keeping tournament participation fees at a minimum and increase opportunities to get more girls in the game.

Fight for Life Foundation

Fight for Life Foundation was founded by Marlin Jackson, a former NFL cornerback for the Indianapolis Colts, to give kids a fighting chance. To make it to the NFL, Marlin had to fight through many hardships and overcome his less than ideal childhood. Marlin never knew his father, his mother was addicted to drugs, and he was routinely neglected and moved from home to home. Inspired by his experiences, Marlin and his founding board have made it the mission of FFLF to help deserving but underserved youth develop social and emotional skills they can use to overcome their own childhood hardships. Using education, athletics and wellness activities as the foundation for youth development, FFLF provides incentive-based programming that encourages kids to reach their full potential both in the classroom and in life. FFLF now serves over 3,000 kids across 5 schools in Central Indiana and beyond, and has been a contributor to the Phalen Academy’s top ranking in Indiana for academic growth. FFLF also reaches thousands of children nationwide through the partnership they have with Jack and Jill magazine. Help FFLF and the children they work with continue to grow!

Girls on the Run International

At Girls on the Run, they believe every girl is inherently full of power and potential with the ability to change the world. They inspire young girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. Over the course of a 10-week program, girls in 3rdto 8th grade are led by trained coaches through lessons designed to teach girls to be confident in who they are, respond to others and one selves with care and compassion, create positive connections with adults and their peers, develop strength of character, and make meaningful contributions to their communities. At the end of the program, girls complete a celebratory, non-competitive 5k event, which builds a very real sense of competence and self-assurance. The Girls on the Run program has shown to improve girls' physical activity rates and social-emotional outcomes and is offered by 223 local Girls on the Run councils in all 50 states at accessible community sites such as public and private schools, community centers and other locations. In 2016, Girls on the Run served close to 200,000 girls, engaged over 100,000 volunteers, and hosted more than 300 5k events nationwide – making it the largest 5k series in the country. Girls on the Run provides 44% of participants over $11,000,000 in financial assistance to participate in their transformative programs. Since the organization’s inception, they have served over 1,000,000 girls nationwide and aim to serve 1,000,000 more by 2021!

Little Wish Foundation

Little Wish Foundation’s mission is to serve pediatric oncology patients by providing a little wish that brings hope, comfort and joy. They work with hospitals that treat pediatric cancer patients to grant wishes to seriously ill children. The wishes they grant are, as their name implies, modest – most cost between $500 and $1,000. The wishes may be small, but the impact on the children’s lives is immeasurable. These wishes help the children to focus on something happy and positive. To a child undergoing difficult cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation, having a video game to play, a new pet, a Lego set, or a doll to hold can truly change their experience. Little Wish Foundation has granted over 800 wishes to children in six states. As long as there are children with cancer who have a wish, they will seek to grant each and every one.

Nine13sports

Nine13sports® is a 501c3 non-profit organization that promotes health, wellness, and exercise for local youth between the ages of 5 and 18 through their Kids Riding Bikes® programs. They have created a unique initiative in which they have integrated the traditional bicycle with technology to provide a turnkey product for youth programs, schools, and other community organizations. In addition to individual betterment of health and fitness, their programs promote community, teamwork, and mutual respect for one another designed to foster a lasting impact.

Our Military Kids

We’ve all heard it: Activity Combats Stress. But what about the stress of a child – a child whose military mom or dad is away for months at a time, serving in a scary place? Or what about the children anxiously watching their parents struggle with battle wounds, like PTSD, that they can’t even see? Our Military Kids is all about these kids. For 12 years, donors have helped these kids participate in baseball, gymnastics and camp, not to mention music, arts or tutoring. Time and again, activities like these have reduced their stress, improved school performance, raised self-esteem, and even boosted the well-being of their whole family. Today, application numbers are higher than ever, but the mission at Our Military Kids remains unwavering and clear: Empower the kids who sacrifice for our country. Their parents deserve it, and they do too.

Playsmart

Playsmart provides athletic and academic opportunities to America’s Youth. Their focus is on middle school-aged kids who would otherwise not have these opportunities. Playsmart’s team of coaches and educators are in a unique position to inspire and help fill in the gaps of this challenging age by empowering students to be engaged beyond the field or court. Students are recommended by the school principals to attend Playsmart Academies held annually during summer months throughout the United States. Playsmart Academies are about the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, life skills, and encouraging students to become leaders in their schools and communities.

Project Fit America

Project Fit America is a national non-profit organization that creates and implements exemplary fitness in education programs in elementary and middle schools. Under this umbrella, they address self-esteem, fitness and exercise as fun, understanding the body as well as leadership, sportsmanship and character development. Their core goal is to reverse the lack of fitness in youth by giving teachers the tools they need to teach children to take responsibility for their health and embrace healthy lifestyle choices with enthusiasm. Their mission is to get kids fit and to create sustainable school-based fitness programs that assure every child will find something they are very good at, therefore, inspiring them to participate in more fitness activities. They create opportunities for all kids of all skill levels and abilities to discover, explore, improve and be recognized for their physical, mental and fitness efforts and performance. Working with over 1,000 schools in over 300 cities and for 46 states, Project Fit America has learned it is true…if you build it, they will come!

The BASE

The BASE was founded in 2013 to shift the national mindset about what it takes for urban Black and Latino youth to succeed. We believe in acting our way into a new way of thinking – not thinking our way into a new way of acting – and envision a world in which urban youth are recognized as our nation’s greatest untapped asset. At its core, the BASE methodology is rooted in the values of excellence, resilience, respect and the belief in what’s possible.

The BASE Way

A powerful model comprised of three key components:

  • Baseball Academy: Best-in-class, year-round baseball training, conditioning and competition. Players participate on BASE Astros teams, as well as in the competitive BASE HITZ League, statewide, regional, and national tournaments, college showcases and more.
  • Academic Institute: The BASE provides resources and opportunities designed to empower youth to and through high school graduation and college or career training. Offerings include SAT prep; college tours, fairs and counseling; financial aid guidance; skill-building workshops; on-site dual enrollment college classes and more.
  • Training Academy: Comprehensive training for coaches and players in areas such as positive youth development, NCAA rules and regulations, social media, health screenings and injury prevention.

The Fit Kids Foundation

Fit Kids’ mission is to promote a healthy, active lifestyle among children in underserved communities through a high quality youth fitness and nutritional education program. By providing the science-based youth fitness curriculum at no cost, they offer increased opportunities for physical activity and inspire an early love of sports and fitness that will serve as the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. At Fit Kids, they aim to allow children in underserved communities have the opportunity to experience the wide range of benefits from participating in physical exercise, making healthy food choices, and developing strong character values. It is their goal to expand programs into 25 new underserved communities and continue running 25 existing programs to serve more than a total of 8,000 at-risk children within the next year. They aim to make fitness fun and engaging for at-risk children with the vision of expanding their programs into new communities so that more children have the opportunity to live and happier and healthier lifestyle.

 

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