Another successful year on the course! Our 5th Annual Charity Golf Classic was exciting day filled with golf, friends, and raising money! Thank you to all of our sponsors this year and cannot wait for next year!
LIDS Sports Group and Nine13sports at Victory Field
On July 13th, LIDS Sports Group Corporate employees joined LIDS Foundation partner, Nine13sports, at Victory Field to watch the Indianapolis Indians for a company outing.
On the 2nd Thursday of each month, the Indians host a “Craft Beer for a Cause” evening to benefit a local charity. LIDS bought over 300 tickets for the game with over $1,400 of the ticket sales going straight to Nine13sports!
LIDS CEO, David Baxter, threw out the first pitch at the game. His uncanny pitching ability wooed the crowd!
Nine13sports also brought out the new LIDS branded sprinter for their “Kids Riding Bikes” program. LIDS Foundation Manager, Bailee Reynolds, got to check it out from the driver’s seat!
We love our partnership with Nine13sports and helping get more "Kids Riding Bikes"!!!
Earlier this year, LIDS Foundation granted $5,000 to organization Hope Loves Company.
"Hope Loves Company (HLC) is the only non-profit in the U.S. with the mission of providing educational and emotional support to children and young adults who had or have a loved one battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease."
Because of the grant, HLC was able to bring their camp to Indiana for the 2nd year in a row. We love this organization and are so proud we were able to be a part of the camp.
We had volunteers at the "big swing" and canoeing! The kids seemed to have a great time!
From Jodi O'Donnell-Ames, President and Founder:
"Hope Loves Company, Inc. would like to thank the LIDS Foundation of Indiana for their support of our Camp HLC program at Flatrock River YMCA in Indiana. With the help of a LIDS grant of $10,000 and additional sponsors, Hope Loves Company was able to provide a week long camp and ALS support to 30 children whose lives have been affected by ALS. We were fortunate to have some members of the LIDS team come join us for a day of canoeing and exploring at Flat Rock. HLC campers had the opportunity to attend camp for a full week, free of charge, enjoying swimming, rockclimbing, arts and crafts and more. During the Hope Loves Company program portion of the camp, campers got to talk about balance, support and how their lives have been affected by ALS. We are extremely grateful for this experience and for LIDS continued involvement! What a compassionate and caring team you are!"
On Saturday, June 17th, the LIDS Foundation hosted the 2nd Annual LIDS Mad Hatter 5k at LIDS Sports Group headquarters in Zionsville, Indiana. It was a beautiful day for a race and we had 200 walkers/runners participate!
Video taken by our friends at Endurance House Zionsville!
We also offered up the virtual run again this year. People from across the country registered to "virtually" run the Mad Hatter on their own time. They received the t-shirt, medal, and hat pin as well!
Thank you to 131 Events for another successful event! We are looking forward to next year!
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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!