2018 Partners Announced!



LIDS Sports Group and LIDS Foundation to donate $350,000 total in charitable grants to two non-profits

(May 24, 2018) – The LIDS Foundation, a charitable 501(c)(3) organization and the philanthropic support arm of LIDS Sports Group, today announces the partnership with two charitable organizations: Our Military Kids and Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. Both organizations focus on building healthy, active youth programs across the country. This partnership will allow the LIDS Foundation to help support the two charities throughout the rest of the year. With the help of LIDS Sports Group employees, the LIDS Foundation will grant $150,000 to Our Military Kids and $200,000 to Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation by the end of 2018. 

To help raise funds, the LIDS Foundation will host a nationwide fundraising competition within LIDS Sports Group internal employees and the retailer’s 1,100 stores nationwide. The competition will be split up between two teams: the “East” will represent Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and the “West” will represent Our Military Kids. This fundraising competition will replace the LIDS Foundation’s previous “Tip the Hat Award” grant program in 2018, allowing the retailer to narrow its focus on two deserving non-profits. The following organizations have been selected by the LIDS Foundation for this year's competition:  

  • Our Military Kids: Based in McLean, Va., Our Military Kids focuses on children of deployed Guard and Reservists, as well as children of all combat-injured service members. This non-profit helps ease the stress for military kids – who might be experiencing their own PTSD or stress as a result of their parent’s injuries or absence – by paying for them to participate in sports, fine arts and tutoring programs. These activities have helped reduce stress, improve school performance, self-esteem and even boosted the well-being of the whole family. For more information, visit ourmilitarykids.org

  • Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation: The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation works to implement mentoring programs and create youth development parks that directly address the problems facing at-risk youth in distressed communities across the country. This non-profit uses sports-themed activities to bring police officers, youth partners and underserved kids ages 9-14 together on a level playing field to learn invaluable life skills. For more information, visit ripkenfoundation.org

For more information on the LIDS Foundation, please visit www.lidsfoundation.org. For more information on LIDS Sports Group’s stores, fan gear and sports apparel, visit www.lids.com

The LIDS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and the philanthropic support arm of LIDS Sports Group. The Foundation works to engage young people in the communities where LIDS Sports Group operates to become active in sports-related activities that promote healthy lifestyles as well as leadership and growth opportunities. It accomplishes its mission primarily through offering resources–be it in the manner of time, expertise, funds, or materials–to nonprofit organizations with goals and values that align with those of the LIDS Foundation. 


The LIDS Sports Group, operating within Hat World Inc., is a leading North American omni-channel sports licensed retailer comprised of the LIDS retail headwear stores, the Locker Room by LIDS specialty fan retail chain, the Internet businesses www.lids.com, and www.lids.ca. Operating out of Zionsville, Indiana, the retail businesses make up more than 1,100 mall-based, airport, street level and factory outlet locations nationwide, and in Canada and Puerto Rico. LIDS retail stores offer officially licensed and branded headwear of collegiate teams, major professional sports teams, as well as 

other specialty fashion categories in the latest styles and colors. Locker Room by LIDS is a mall-based retailer of sports headwear, apparel, accessories, and novelties which also operates under the Seattle Team Shop, Buckeye Corner, Tiger Mania, Sports Fan-Attic and Jersey City (Canada) nameplates. Locker Room by LIDS also has locations in Macy's department stores throughout the United States. Most LIDS and Locker Room by LIDS stores offer custom embroidery capability that includes embroidered autographs of professional sports athletes. Additionally, the LIDS Clubhouse division operates team-specific professional sports and university athletics retail stores and e-commerce sites. Hat World Inc. is a subsidiary of Genesco Inc.


For the last 17 years, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has worked tirelessly to implement youth development programs and create parks that directly address the problems facing at-risk youth in distressed communities across the country. Inspired by one of the most iconic baseball families, the Ripkens created the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to honor the legacy of its family patriarch, longtime coach, and mentor, Cal Ripken, Sr. The Ripken Foundation uses sports-themed activities to bring police officers, youth partners and underserved kids ages 9 – 14 together on a level playing field to learn invaluable life skills. The Ripken Foundation’s Youth Development Park Initiative creates clean, safe places for kids to play on multipurpose, synthetic surface fields that promote healthy living in an outdoor recreational facility. Since 2009, the Ripken Foundation has 77 completed parks across the country in 22 states, impacting over 280,000 kids annually. In 2017, the Ripken Foundation impacted nearly 1.4 million kids nationwide through its Youth Development Park and mentor programs. For more information, visitwww.RipkenFoundation.org. Follow @CalRipkenSrFdn on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Our Military Kids, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, supports children, ages 5-12th 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. Founded in 2004, Our Military Kids has awarded more than 60,000 grants worth $24.5 million. Our Military Kids is among the highest ranked charities by Charity Navigator, which consistently awards the non-profit four stars for its financial health, accountability, and transparency.  

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