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Badges for Baseball Tour - St. Louis


The LIDS Foundation is the Title Sponsor for this year's Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation's Badges for Baseball Tour. The last stop was in St. Louis, Missouri. We had LIDS volunteers at the event helping with different stations and passing out goodies to the kids! After the event, everyone got to go to the Cardinals game to celebrate!

District Manager, Mike Dupske was a volunteer for the event. "It was a cool event.  I loved how they involved the local police as part of it to create a feeling of community between the police and the youth of that community.  They brought out a mobile response unit, a police helicopter, and did a display using police dogs (which the kids loved)," he said.




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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

  • 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

For more information on the LIDS Foundation, please visit For more information on LIDS Sports Group’s stores, fan gear and sports apparel, visit

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, and 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, 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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2nd Annual LIDS Foundation Bowling Classic

Earlier this month, the LIDS Foundation hosted the 2nd Annual Bowling Classic with Amp Harris, Robert Mathis, and T.Y. Hilton! Over 40 lanes were filled with local people, businesses, and celebrities! All proceeds will go to purchasing gifts for underprivileged children for the holidays. More than 1,000 kids will receive a gift this holiday season! BIG thanks to all the sponsors and supporters that made it another successful year!

Congrats to IMPD Bowlers for the highest score of the night! They all received bowling pins signed by all the local celebrities that were in attendance! 

Hope you can join us next year!


5th Annual LIDS Foundation Charity Golf Classic

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 joins Nine13sports at Victory Field!

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"!!!

LIDS Volunteers at Camp Hope Loves Company

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!"


Another Successful Mad Hatter 5k!

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!

Check out the start of the race here: 

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!


More Tip the Hat Check Deliveries!

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!

LIDS Mad Hatter 5k presented by LIDS Foundation

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: 

Pictures from last year's race!


Tip the Hat Check Deliveries!

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!