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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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Top Ten Organizations Announced! | Tip the Hat Award

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The 5th Annual Tip the Hat Award is the largest annual grant the LIDS Foundation gives to organization's aligning with the LIDS Foundation mission - healthy and active youth lifestyles.

There were 60 great organizations who applied this year. Tough decisions were made, but the LIDS Foundation Board of Directors with the help of volunteers on our Awards Committee, vetted each and every organization to come up with this year's top 10 organizations moving on to the next round.

Beginning Monday, January 30th, each organization will receive a link to a survey in which they will share with supporters, partners, and donors of their organization. Every person taking the survey will have ONE VOTE to choose their favorite organization to move on to the top 5.

The LIDS Foundation cannot wait to see how this year's public voting plays out! Check out a little summary of each organization. A big CONGRATS to all 10!!!

 

Mission Statement

“Baseball for All provides meaningful opportunities and instruction in baseball, especially for girls”

Programs

  • Nationals: An annual tournament for girls baseball – largest girls baseball tournament in the U.S.
  • 2017 launch of localized, regional tournaments and a Baseball for All Ambassador program for girls who want to build girls baseball.

Goals and Objectives

  • Foster, encourage, and provide opportunities for girls to play, coach, and lead in baseball
  • Educated the public concerning the importance of providing equal opportunities for girls
  • Empower volunteers to start teams, leagues, and tournaments of their own
  • Work with national baseball organizations to build a stronger network of opportunities
  • Encourage girls to pursue baseball leadership positions on the field and in the front office

 

Mission Statement

“Help deserving but underserved youth develop the social and emotional qualities needed to be successful in life. Through incentive-based programming, we encourage students to reach their full potential both in the classroom and in life. We use dedication, athletics, and wellness activities as the foundation for youth development.”

Programs

  • Building Dreams corporate and community partners program
  • Connects values taught in Building Dreams to business and service industries
  • Students gain real-life insight into the corporate and community service worlds
  • Seal the Deal youth flag football camp and tournament
  • 2-day football camp focuses on agility, football fundamentals, competition, character building, and fun

Goals and Objectives

  • Increase the number of schools utilizing the Building Dreams program from 3 to 6 by expanding partnerships with Indianapolis Public Schools and local township school districts
  • Increase number of lives impacted from 3,000 to 5,000 youth

 

Mission Statement

“Inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using fun and experience-based curricula that creatively integrates running”
 

Programs

  • Girls on the Run – 3rd to 5th grade
  • Heart & Sole – 6th to 8th grade
  • Physical activity-based, positive youth development programs designed to develop and enhance social, physical, and physiological competencies to successfully navigate life experiences
  • NEW Summer Program
  • Allow to serve girls that do not typically participate in programs during the school year and will focus on delivering programming in high-need communities where access to quality youth programming and physical activity opportunities are limited during the summer months
Goals and Objectives

 

  • Prevent risky and unhealthy behaviors and promote positive physical, social and emotional health
  • Make programming accessible to two million girls across the country by 2021

 

Mission Statement

"To serve pediatric oncology patients by providing a little wish that brings hope, comfort and joy”
 

Programs

  • Little wishes are granted to patients in Indiana, Arizona, California, and Seattle
  • $500 to $1,000 in expense
  • Wishes help children focus on something happy and positive

Goals and Objectives

  • Grant more wishes in 2017 and expand to Louisville and Nashville

 

Mission Statement

“Promotes health, wellness, and exercise for local youth between the ages of 5 and 18 through our Kids Riding Bikes® programs”
 

Programs

  • Kids Riding Bikes is the introduction to bicycling for a lot of youth
  • Program is designed to fit within each school’s physical education curriculum
  • Nine13sports brings in stationary bicycle simulators with integrated software to track and analyze each students’ performance over a four-week period

Goals and Objectives

  • Kids Riding Bikes available to all eligible youth in Central Indiana and Portland, Oregon through their schools, afterschool programs, or other activity centers
  • As each location scales up to meet demand, Nine13sports plans to add additional program teams in new cities throughout the US

 

Mission Statement

“Provides support and recognition to military children. Grants to children pay for fees associated with athletic, fine arts, and tutoring programs.”
 

Programs

  • Grant program encourages children to identify an area of specific interest to them, and enables them to participate in the activity they select by covering the fees.

Goals and Objectives

  • Through grants available while a parent is deployed overseas or recovering from combat related injuries, the program covers fees associated with sports, fine arts, camp, STEM, and tutoring programs
  • Keeps military children involved in their community, and provide stability and a positive distraction during stressful periods of military life
  • Provide as many families with the support they deserve

 

Mission Statement

“Help underserved youth, primarily ages 11 to 13, realize their academic and life potential through sports”
 

Programs

  • PlaySmart Academy
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Rye, New York
  • One-of-a-kind summer experience for underserved youth featuring sports, physical fitness, life skills development, and enrichment
  • One week program for middle school students who have a desire to improve themselves not just on the court or field, but in life

Goals and Objectives

  • Expand to 4 states in 2017
  • Be nationally consistent with programs
  • Increase the learning service grants to schools from $250 to $500

 

Mission Statement

“Get kids fit and create programs to assure every child will find something they are good at and inspire them to participate in more fitness activities”
 

Programs

  • Launch new programs and activities in new schools and communities coast to coast
  • Provide schools with curriculum and equipment
  • Provide on-site teacher training and support for two years

Goals and Objectives

  • Focus on cardiovascular fitness and addressing all the building blocks of fitness including social and critical thinking skills with a goal to create children who are "physically educated" and empower them to take charge of their personal fitness and health.

 

Mission Statement

“Leverages the power and passion of sports to shift the paradigm for black and Latino urban youth, building champions on and off the field through mentorship and access to services that ensure all student athletes graduate high school with a winning game plan for life”
 

Programs

  • Provides exceptional baseball and softball training and competition to create year-round opportunities for urban youth to experience sports as a powerful vehicle promoting health and wellness, activates underutilized urban spaces, connects communities, and instills critical confidence, values and skills.
  • Provides academic and career resources and opportunities designed to empower all student athletes to graduate high school on pathways to college or career programs and sustaining employment.

Goals and Objectives

  • Extend and deepen the annual reach in Greater Boston from 1,400 to 5,000+ boys and girls by 2020 by increasing play, coaches, leagues and launching the first urban girls baseball program in the US
  • Begin to pursue a major national influence strategy via the creation of the National Urban Baseball Network

 

Mission Statement

“Promote a healthy, active lifestyle among children in underserved communities through high quality youth fitness and nutrition programs”
 

Programs

  • Empowers kids to experience the enjoyment from participating in fitness programs in a safe and fun environment
  • 12 week program to help with static strength, speed, agility, and balance
  • Curriculum focuses on specific aspects of physical fitness, nutrition, and emotional well-being

Goals and Objectives

  • Inspire young children to live an active lifestyle and want to participate in physical activity and sports programs
  • Assist children in improving overall fitness levels and teach the functional movement skills necessary to participate in sports
  • Improve participants’ awareness of making healthy food choices and educate them about healthy foods
  • Improve participants’ understanding of important character values such as teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership and life skills

 

What is your favorite organization? Stay tuned for the survey!!!

 


 

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#KidsRidingBikes

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Giving Spotlight

The LIDS Foundation's partnership with Nine13sports started in 2013 with a microgrant to keep kids riding bikes in central Indiana. 

Nine13sports® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes health, wellness, and exercise for local youth between the ages of 5 and 18 through our 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, our programs promote community, teamwork, and mutual respect for one another designed to foster a lasting impact.

Becoming great friends with Executive Director, Tom Hanley, has been great for LIDS Foundation. He continues to create awareness not only about his organization, but the LIDS Foundation and the great things we are doing throughout the country. Nine13sports engages their programs in Central Indiana as well as Portland, Oregon. In 2017, they will expand their programming to Minneapolis, Minnesota.

We can't wait to see what is in store for Nine13sports in 2017 and the LIDS Foundation is glad to be a part of their journey!

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Throughout the month of January, you can donate your dimes to Nine13sports at your local Indy Whole Foods grocery store!

 

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LIDS Foundation Tip the Hat Award

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LIDS Sports Group charitable arm, LIDS Foundation, has started its 5th year. Our largest grant application, Tip the Hat Award, closed just before the new year. This year we had over 60 applications from organizations vying for the top prize - $125,000!

Tip the Hat Award is a nationwide campaign to call out charitable organizations that align with the LIDS Foundation's mission, supporting healthy and active youth lifestyles. Five awards will be given out in mid-April to five worthy organizations. 

The top ten organizations will be selected by the LIDS Foundation Board of Directors this month. Then it all comes down to YOU! Rally up your supporters to cast a vote for your favorite organization. The public will be responsible for the top five finalists! From there, our LIDS Sports Group employees will have the final say on who the grand prize winner is!

Public voting begins Monday, January 30th and will go through Sunday, February 12th. Mark your calendars! Your vote COUNTS!


 

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Baseball For All

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This week, the LIDS Foundation would like to hightlight one of our grant winning organizations, Baseball For All!

About Baseball For All

Baseball For All is a nonprofit organization and the voice and hub of girls and baseball in the United States. Baseball For All fosters, encourages, and provides opportunities for girls to participate in baseball. Baseball For All’s Founder, Justine Siegal, is the first woman to coach for a MLB organization (Oakland Athletics, 2015).

The LIDS Foundation was a title sponsor for the 2nd Annual National Tournament for Baseball For All in San Francisco. With the sponsorship, the girls participating each received a hat from LIDS with the Baseball For All logo on the front and LIDS Foundation logo on the side. What a great partnership! 

“Thank you LIDS Foundation for recognizing girls playing baseball. You are making a difference one cap at a time.” Sophia Mathewson, Baseball For All player, age 14, Florida.

“Baseball For All is honored to work with the LIDS Foundation. In supporting Baseball For All, the Foundation is empowering girls to believe in themselves while providing opportunities for them to follow their baseball dreams.”

The LIDS Foundation encourages all kids to live healthy and active lifestyles, and Baseball For All is empowering young girls to do just this!

More information on Baseball For All and 2016 Nationals can be found at: www.BaseballForAll.com.


 

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