The Finish Line Youth Foundation Announces $121,200 in Grants for Q4 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Apr. 2, 2013 —The Finish Line Youth Foundation today announced the award of $121,200 to grant recipients in the fourth quarter of 2012. The 24 grants went to organizations that place an importance on youth development and an active lifestyle in 20 states. In 2012, the Youth Foundation donated $626,863 to kids groups around the country.
“2012 was a milestone year for the Finish Line Youth Foundation,” said Marty Posch, the foundation’s executive director. “Altogether, we funded 97 children’s organization in addition to Special Olympics programs in every state, and we are looking forward to making an even bigger impact in the lives of kids in 2013.”
The Finish Line Youth Foundation supports qualified, non-profit organizations that provide community-based access to athletics for kids, as well as camps that provide services to those who are disadvantaged or disabled.
- Maryhurst (Louisville, Ky.): $10,000 for a new basketball court. Maryhurst provides services to more than 400 children annually who have been severely traumatized by abuse and neglect. The organization’s services include long-term residential treatment, community-based group homes and psychiatric residential treatment facilities.
- Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People (Indianapolis, Ind.): $5,000 for its annual camp for children who have lost a parent or loved one.
- Camp Angels (Waterford, Maine): $5,000 for its summer camp for children dealing with diabetes.
- Camp Kesem (Ann Arbor, Mich.): $5,000 for its college student-run summer camp for kids with a parent who has or has had cancer.
- Camp Odayin (Stillwater, Minn.): $5,000 to fund a camp for children with congenital heart disease.
- Centro Nueva Creacion (Philadelphia, Penn.): $3,500 for the organization’s summer camp, which promotes healthy lifestyle opportunities and choices.
- Girls in the Game (Chicago, Ill.): $5,000 for a sports and leadership camp for at-risk girls.
- Joey DiPaolo AIDS Foundation (Bronxville, N.Y.): $5,000 for an on-the-move performing and creative arts based camping program that delivers a week of recreational and performing arts camp to children living in isolating circumstances.
- Nevada Diabetes Association (Reno, Nev.): $5,000 to fund a camp for children with diabetes.
- Opportunity House (Reading, Penn.): $4,800 to fund a camp for homeless children.
- Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation (Phoenix, Ariz.): $5,000 for the hospital’s Camp Rainbow, a camp for children who have or have had cancer or a chronic blood disorder.
- Safe Crossings Foundation (Seattle, Wash.): $5,000 to help fund a camp for grieving children.
- Boys & Girls Club of Benton County (Bentonville, Ark.): $4,500 to fund an athletic scholarship for underserved youth.
- Boys & Girls Club of Janesville (Janesville, Wis.): $5,000 for the organization’s Triple Play youth fitness program.
- Capitol Hill Little League (Washington, D.C.): $5,000 to contribute to the little league’s scholarship fund for underserved youth.
- Chicago Run (Chicago, Ill.): $5,000 for the organization’s daily running program for elementary school students.
- Dallas Jr. Wheelchair Mavericks (Dallas, Texas): $5,000 to fund a wheelchair basketball league for kids.
- Edgewood Center for Children and Families (San Francisco, Calif.): $5,000 for a sports and recreation program for kids who have experienced trauma.
- Eskenazi Health Foundation (Indianapolis, Ind.): $5,000 to fund the foundation’s support of Girls on the Run of Marion County.
- Girls on the Run of Palm Beach (West Palm Beach, Fla.): $6,000 to support GOTR’s mission of inspiring girls to be healthy and confident while training for a 5K run.
- Kennedy Krieger Institute (Baltimore, Md.): $5,000 for the institute’s aerobic exercise program for children with autism.
- Kids TRI for Kids (Indianapolis, IN): $5,000 to support the Kids TRI triathlon program for youth that offers safe races where kids learn the value of fun competition.
- Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (Lenoir City, Tenn.): $2,400 in scholarships for underserved participants in the academy’s therapeutic horseback riding program.
- YMCA of the Sandhills (Fayetteville, N.C.): $5,000 for the YMCA’s support of the Girls on the Run of Coastal Carolinas.
Finish Line Youth Foundation Raised More Than $1.45 Million During Its Annual Holiday Drive
INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 17, 2013 —The Finish Line Youth Foundation raised more than $1.45 million during its annual Holiday Drive in 650 Finish Line stores across the U.S. and online at finishline.com
Finish Line customers were encouraged to “Add Cheer to the List“during this year’s campaign which benefitted Special Olympics, Finish Line’s national signature charity, among other organizations.
“Every dollar raised during the Holiday Drive will make an impact on the lives of kids across the nation,“said Marty Posch, executive director of the Finish Line Youth Foundation. “The gracious giving of Finish Line customers who contributed to the holiday drive while making their own holiday purchases will provide wonderful opportunities for these youth throughout the year.“
Funding from the Youth Foundation will benefit Special Olympics activities nationwide, including Special Olympics TRAIN (Testing Recreational Activities and Improving Nutrition), a new sport and nutrition assessment tool for athletes and their families.
Donations from the 2012 Holiday Drive will also help fund programs for community-based youth athletic programs as well as camps and other organizations that provide services to individuals who are disadvantaged or disabled.
Finish Line Youth Foundation Launches Annual Holiday Drive in Finish Line Stores and Online
INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 5, 2012 — The Finish Line Youth Foundation has officially launched its 2012 Holiday Drive in more than 640 Finish Line stores across the U.S. and online at finishline.com.
This year’s goal for the Holiday Drive is $2 million as Finish Line customers are encouraged to ”Add Cheer to the List.” Last year, the Youth Foundation raised a record-breaking $1.78 million through donations.
“The generosity of Finish Line customers during the Holiday Drive brings opportunities to disadvantaged youth throughout the year, “said Marty Posch, executive director of the Finish Line Youth Foundation. “Whether it’s one dollar, $10 or more, each contribution makes a difference.“
Donations from the 2012 Holiday Drive will help fund programs for community-based youth athletic programs as well as camps and other organizations that provide services to individuals who are disadvantaged or disabled.
New this year, Special Olympics, Finish Line’s national signature charity, has been added as a Holiday Drive beneficiary. Donations from the Youth Foundation will benefit Special Olympics activities nationwide, including Special Olympics TRAIN (Testing Recreational Activities and Improving Nutrition), a new sport and nutrition assessment tool for athletes and their families.
Finish Line customers are encouraged to donate at checkout both in-store and online through December 31.
The Finish Line Youth Foundation Announces Second Quarter 2012 Grants
INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 21, 2012 — The Finish Line Youth Foundation today announced the award of nearly $200,000 to its grant recipients in the second quarter of 2012. Among these was a $62,053 grant awarded to Damar Services of Indianapolis. The 25 other grants also went to organizations in 16 states and the District of Columbia that place an importance on youth development and an active lifestyle.
“Our mission is to make a real, lasting impact on the lives of youth across the nation,” said Marty Posch, executive director of the Youth Foundation. “We’re working harder than ever to ensure we dedicate our resources to projects that promote healthy, active lifestyles.”
The Youth Foundation supports qualified, non-profit organizations that provide community-based access to athletics for kids, as well as camps that provide services to those who are disadvantaged or disabled.
- Damar Services (Indianapolis, Ind.): $62,053 for the Home Field project to build a baseball field for youth in the community. Damar Services’ mission is to provide children and adults challenged by autism and other developmental disabilities the tools they need to live more successful and independent lives.
- Boys & Girls Club of Central Mississippi (Jackson, Miss.): $13,915 for a pool restoration project at Camp John I. Hay, which offers outdoors experiences for youth who normally would not have resources needed to go to camp.
- Alphapointe (Kansas City, Mo.): $5,000 to support their day camp for youth who are blind or visually impaired.
- Camp Kesem (Lafayette, Calif.): $5,000 for chapter program growth that empowers college student leaders nationwide to create free, life-changing summer camps for children affected by a parent’s cancer.
- Camp Smile-A-Mile (Birmingham, Ala.): $5,000 to provide year-round challenging recreation and education experiences for young cancer patients and survivors, as well as their families.
- Central Ohio Diabetes Association (Columbus, Ohio): $5,000 for development of Camp Hamwi, a camp for children with diabetes to learn about eating healthy, checking blood sugars, exercising and living with diabetes.
- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation (Atlanta, Ga.): $5,000 for Camp Carpe Diem, an overnight summer camp for children with epilepsy and other seizure disorders.
- City Kids Wilderness Project (Washington, D.C.): $5,000 for their Summer Wilderness Camp, an outdoor education program for underserved and at-risk inner-city youths in the D.C. area.
- Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center (Loveland, Colo.): $5,000 for their all-abilities summer camp, which promotes the well-being of youth with special needs through equine-assisted therapy.
- Heroes, Great & Small (Armuchee, Ga.): $2,500 for programming at Camp HeroMania, a camp that has served more than 1,600 children who have risen above the difficulties of sexual abuse.
- Le Bonheur Foundation (Memphis, Tenn.): $5,000 to go toward the Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center Cardiac Kids Camp, which offers the opportunity for children with heart-related illnesses to enjoy outdoor activities like swimming and canoeing in a safe environment.
- Little Friends for Peace (Mt. Rainier, Md.): $4,500 for Peace Camp scholarships for refugees in El Salvador.
- The Boggy Creek Gang (Eustis, Fla.): $5,000 for life-changing programs for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.
- America SCORES New York (New York, N.Y.): $5,000 for partnerships with urban schools that provide a team-based program that integrates soccer, poetry and service-learning.
- Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (Glendale, Ariz.): $5,000 of funding for athletic activities for children in foster care.
- Beyond the Ball (Chicago, Ill.): $5,000 for Project Play, a program that claims underutilized space in Chicago’s Little Village by providing recreational activities for kids and their parents.
- Girls on the Run (St. Louis, Miss.): $5,000 for the organization’s “Adopt-A-School” project, which allows them to provide active lifestyle programming at 20 schools in areas of need.
- KidCommute (Boulder, Colo.): $5,000 for help in promoting sustainable communities through its Boltage program, which encourages kids to walk and bike to school.
- Maryhurst (Louisville, Ky.): $5,000 to build an athletics program at Maryhurst that provides community-based treatment programs to children with severe emotional disabilities
- Nicholas Wolff Foundation (Millville, Pa.): $5,000 for their Challenge program. The foundation provides essential services to handicapped and chronically ill children.
- Pottstown Area Police Athletic League (Pottstown, Pa.): $5,000 to revitalize and complete the Pottstown Police Athletic League’s baseball field.
- Boys & Girls Club of San Leandro (San Leandro, Calif.): $5,000 of support for additional athletic equipment for the organization’s physical education program, for their healthy choices cooking classes, and for funding to develop and implement a Healthy Choices Cookbook.
- Shining Stars Foundation (Tabernash, Colo.): $2,500 for the Shining Stars Winter Games, an eightday adaptive snowboard and ski recreation held every year for children living with cancer and other lifethreatening diseases
- Terrebonne Children’s Advocacy Center (Houma, La.): $5,000 for the Girls on the Run HoumaTerrebonne Scholarship Fund. The center provides a place where children can be interviewed about reports of abuse in a safe, home-like setting.
- Things of My Very Own (TOMVO) (Scotia, N.Y.): $5,000 for teambuilding programs at TOMVO, a provider of supportive services to abused, neglected, displaced and at-risk children within the state.
- Westhab (Elmsford, N.Y.): $5,000 for the Elm Creek Youth Center, a community center that serves more than 250 school-age youth in the high-need Nodine Hill neighborhood of Yonkers.
Finish Line Employees to Volunteer at Special Olympics Indiana Summer Games
INDIANAPOLIS, May 30, 2012 — Building on the recent announcement of its new partnership with Special Olympics, The Finish Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: FINL) and its Finish Line Youth Foundation announced today that more than 200 Finish Line employees from Indiana will volunteer onsite June 1 at the Special Olympics Indiana Summer Games.
On June 1, at Indiana State University, Finish Line employees will assist by activating and leading Special Olympics athletes through the new TRAIN program onsite at the Summer Games. Finish Line is serving as the first national sponsor of Special Olympics’ new TRAIN program — a first of its kind sports assessment and nutrition education program designed to help athletes stay active, stay healthy, and achieve their personal best. June 1 marks the first time Special Olympics athletes will experience the TRAIN program at the Indiana Summer Games.
“Finish Line is about celebrating the everyday achievements of athletes everywhere, and I can’t think of a better opportunity for our employees to put that into practice than on the playing field at the Special Olympics Indiana Summer Games,“said Finish Line Youth Foundation Executive Director Marty Posch. “Our employees are passionate about staying active and making a difference and this is the perfect opportunity to blend those two interests and make a difference in the lives of these incredible Special Olympics athletes.“
Mike Furnish, President and CEO of Special Olympics Indiana, believes the partnership with Finish Line is unique.
“Special Olympics Indiana has never had a sponsor like Finish Line, with employees so focused on getting involved as volunteers,“said Furnish. “We expect this partnership to set a new standard for ways a corporation can make a difference in their community.“
Finish Line Launches Support of Special Olympics and its New TRAIN Athlete Sports Assessment and Nutrition Education Program
INDIANAPOLIS and WASHINGTON, D.C., April 17, 2012 — The Finish Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: FINL) and its Finish Line Youth Foundation announced today a multi-year pledge to support Special Olympics as part of the retailer’s ongoing mission to celebrate the everyday achievements of athletes everywhere.
Finish Line will support Special Olympics through multiple opportunities, including:
- Employee activation and volunteer participation in 2012 Special Olympics Summer Games in Indiana as well as the Chicago and Atlanta markets in year one and additional markets nationwide in coming years.
- Serving as the only national sponsor of Special Olympics’ new TRAIN program — a first of its kind sports assessment and nutrition education program designed to help athletes stay active, stay healthy, and achieve their personal best. In addition to helping to finance the program, Finish Line employees will help activate the TRAIN program for Special Olympics athletes in key markets.
- Sale of specific merchandise in Finish Line’s more than 635 stores and online nationwide beginning with the 2012 back-to-school shopping season to benefit Special Olympics.
- An in-store and online holiday season customer and employee donation program to benefit Special Olympics.
“Finish Line has always supported worthy non-profit organizations, yet we searched for some time to identify a single signature cause that our employees, customers, and vendors could help us rally around in a meaningful way and make an enduring impact,“said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Glenn Lyon. “Special Olympics is the one organization that our customers and employees cited in recent independent research as a cause that they are not only passionate about, but that also suits our brand particularly well. Finish Line is all about having fun, being active, and helping everyone reach their own finish line, whether it means competing as a Special Olympics athlete or playing college intramurals. The added opportunity to be the only national sponsor of the TRAIN program is exciting as this is a true breakthrough in assessing, developing and tracking sports skills among individuals with intellectual disabilities. This program will contribute to the overall health, fitness and quality of life for individuals with intellectual disabilities and we are thrilled to help take it to the next level through our support.“
“This partnership is a great fit for us,“said Dr. Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics. “We are a sports organization and Finish Line is a great sports brand with a passion to celebrate the achievements of athletes everywhere. Their mission is a testament to the power of what Special Olympics athletes have shown time and time again — that we are all true champions and each of us has the ability to reach our own personal best. Finish Line’s commitment to supporting our athletes with intellectual disabilities will be a tremendous asset as we continue to work to promote acceptance and inclusion for all people.“
TRAIN-Special Olympics’ First National Effort to Collect and Track Data on Sports Skills among Those with Intellectual Disabilities
TRAIN (Testing Recreational Activities and Improving Nutrition) is a new sports assessment and nutrition education program developed by Special Olympics as one response to the fact that individuals with intellectual disabilities are more likely to develop a sedentary lifestyle, yet have the same fitness capacities and needs as those without a disability. A TRAIN assessment takes place when Special Olympics athletes complete a variety of fun physical fitness challenges at designated stations, such as the 10-meter run, the vertical leap, and balance test. Each athlete’s results are captured and entered into a specially-designed computer program, which produces a report highlighting the strongest skills and pinpointing which sports the athlete may be most successful pursuing as well as skills that could be improved through regular, at-home exercise. The program also tracks data on each athlete to illustrate progress over time. TRAIN is the first comprehensive program Special Olympics has ever used to collect and track data on sports readiness skills among individuals with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics is using the data from TRAIN events to develop new scientific norms and better advice for Special Olympics athletes and coaches as they work toward being more successful in their sport as well as more fit and healthy overall
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Finish Line Youth Foundation Raises a Record $1.78 Million through Holiday Campaign
INDIANAPOLIS, Jan 9, 2012 — The Finish Line Youth Foundation (FLYF) announced today that it raised a record $1.78 million through its annual holiday fundraising drive, which was held in Finish Line retail stores nationwide and online at finishline.com from Nov. 7 through Dec. 31.
“This is such an amazing accomplishment. With these donations, the Finish Line Youth Foundation will continue to help thousands of children in all of our communities,“said Marty Posch, Executive Director of the Finish Line Youth Foundation. “We will be able to fund wheelchairs for kids in basketball league, build playgrounds and basketball courts and send children with cancer to camps, all because of the incredible generosity of our customers.“
FLYF is a not-for-profit organization that strives to make a difference in the lives of children throughout the United States. FLYF provides financial support for communitybased youth athletic programs as well as camps for economically disadvantaged kids and those with special needs. In 2011, FLYF awarded grants to a wide variety of non-profit organizations, including:
Beyond the Ball - Chicago
- Funded the building of new basketball courts for the children of Little Village.
A Place Called Home - Los Angeles
- Funded the expansion of a community center.
Camp Boggy Creek - Eusits, Florida
- Funded camp scholarships for disabled children to attend Camp Boggy Creek.
Gleaners Food Bank - Indianapolis
- Built a conveyor system for the “BackSacks“ program to triple the output of food going to children in Indianapolis schools each week.
Girls on the Run - St. Louis
- Funded scholarships for girls ages 5 through13 to go through a health and fitness program based on nutrition and training to run their first 5k.
Finish Line Youth Foundation Supports Beyond the Ball with $50,000 grant
INDIANAPOLIS, June 6, 2011 — The Finish Line Youth Foundation (FLYF) today announced its newest $50,000 Legacy Grant recipient, Beyond the Ball (BTB). BTB is a Chicago based organization that uses sports to connect people and improve communities.
The $50,000 FLYF Legacy Grant will be used to build new basketball courts in the neighborhood of Little Village, which is on the West side of Chicago.
“The work that Beyond the Ball does in Little Village is amazing,” said FLYF Executive Director Marty Posch. “After visiting with leaders of the organization and seeing firsthand the tremendous impact they are making in their community, it was an easy decision to support this organization in a big way.”
“We are thankful for Finish Line Youth Foundation’s commitment to our community,” affirmed Rob Castaneda, executive director of Beyond the Ball. “Their support will allow us to provide programming that meets the specific needs of our community, and their partnership will help us run a program that was globally recognized as the ‘Most Courageous Use of Sport’ last fall at the Beyond Sport Summit. We look forward to what can be accomplished through this generous grant.”
Finish Line Youth Foundation announces funding for 2011 first quarter
The Finish Line Youth Foundation has announced its funding for the 1st quarter of 2011. The foundation works hard to build partnerships with organizations around the country that work with children leading healthy active lifestyles, or with summer camps for children that are sick and / or disabled.
“This quarter was extremely gratifying for the foundation”, Executive Director Marty Posch stated. “We are excited to help out these amazing programs all over the country that are impacting kids lives where our customers and employees live and work.”
Below is a list of the organizations that FLYF funded this quarter, along with a brief description and location.
- Bike Works (Seattle, Washington): Bike Works builds sustainable communities by educating youth and promoting bicycling. www.bikeworks.org/
- Camp Kesem (Lafayette, California): Camp Kesem is a college student run summer camp for kids with a parent who has (or has had) cancer. www.campkesem.org
- Camp Laurel (Pasadena, California): Camp Laurel provides hundreds of children living with HIV and AIDS an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while forming support groups with their peers. www.camplaurel.org
- Camp Riley (Indianapolis, Indiana): Camp Riley helps inspire youth with physical disabilities to realize their potential as they become increasingly independent. www.rileykids.org/about/camp_riley/
- Camp Shriver (Boston, Mass.): Camp Shriver is an inclusive summer program for children with and without intellectual disabilities www.csde.umb.edu/shriver.html
- City Kids Wilderness Project (Washington, DC): Provides enriching life experiences for underserved and at–risk children can enhance their lives, the lives of their family and the greater community www.citykids.com
- City WILD (Denver, Colorado): A bold effort to bring the typically exclusive world of outdoor experiential education to a broad non–traditional audience: low–income youth of color. www.citywild.org
- Deepwood Foundation (Mentor, Ohio): Summer camp for children with developmental disabilities, such as Mental Retardation, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and behavioral challenges among others. www.deepwoodfoundation.org
- Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana (Noblesville, Indiana): Summer camp for children with diabetes. www.dyfofindiana.org/
- Grand Rapids Wheelchair Association (Grand Rapids, Michigan): Summer camp for children in wheelchairs. www.grwsa.com/
- Hibiscus Children’s Center (Vero Beach, Florida): Hibiscus provides safety for abused, abandoned and neglected children through prevention programs, residential programs, shelter programs, and recovery programs. Funding is for their summer camp. www.hibiscuschildrenscenter.org/
- Junior Blind of America (Los Angeles, California): Summer Camp for helping children and adults who are blind, visually impaired or multi–disabled achieve independence. www.juniorblind.org/
- Noble of Indiana (Indianapolis, Indiana): Summer camp for children who are mentally disabled. www.nobleofindiana.org
- Northwest Burn Foundation (Seattle, Washington): Summer camp for children that are burn survivors. www.nwburn.org/
- Outside the Box (Indianapolis, Indiana): Summer camp for children with developmental disabilities. www.otbonline.org
- People Serving People (Minneapolis, Minnesota): Summer camp for children. People Serving People serves homeless children and their families and provide new opportunities for healthy, stable family life. www.peopleservingpeople.org
- Special Kids, Inc (Murfreesboro, Tennessee): Summer camp for children with special needs. www.specialkids–tn.com/
- Westhab (Westchester County, New York): Summer camp for underprivileged and homeless children. www.westhab.org/
- Girls Inc (Portland, Oregon): Girls Inc inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Sporting Change is a new program aimed at health and fitness in girls. www.girlsincnworegon.org/
- Albertina Keers (Portland, Oregon): Mission is to partner with families and the community to support people with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges to lead self–determined lives and realize their full potential. www.albertinakerr.org/
- Glendale Outdoor Leadership Schools (Glendale, California): Leadership School (GOLS) is to enhance quality of life and personal growth of children through outdoor recreation and environmental education. www.setgols.org/
- Heart House (Austin, Texas): Heart House is a free after school program that provides a safe haven and academic support and fitness activities to low–income children. www.hearthouse.org
- Lovelane (Lincoln, Mass): Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program provides high–quality therapeutic horseback riding to achieve occupational, physical, speech, cognitive and other therapeutic gains, focusing on children with special needs. www.lovelane.org
- Special Olympics Washington (Seattle, Washington): Funding for the 2011 Special Olympics of Greater Washington. www.sowa.org
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The inaugural Bowl for Kids was a tremendous success! Over 250 Finish Line Employees, friends, families, sponsors and community members came out to make for an incredible day! Finish Line employees helped fundraise over $40,000 for a first year event. Thanks to Indianapolis Colts player Adam Vinatieri and Indiana University legend Quinn Buckner for being our celebrity guests for the day. Thanks also to our title sponsor Barnes and Thornburg, we could not have done this without you!
The work of the Finish Line Youth Foundation (FLYF) continued in 2010 as the organization...
- Experienced record-setting fundraising results during its annual holiday fund drive
- Assisted in supporting relief efforts for Haitian earthquake victims
- Elected new board members to guide the Foundation's initiatives into the future
- Awarded grants to numerous non-for-profit organizations within the scope of the Youth Foundation's mission.
For more details on the Finish Line Youth Foundation's recent activities, please review the news and events below.
Haiti Relief Efforts
Following the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti in early January 2010, the Finish Line Youth Foundation quickly joined forces with FL stores and Samaritan's Feet, for a special in-store collection to raise funds for Haiti relief efforts. The in-store collection ran from January 22, 2010 through April 5, 2010, raising nearly $1 million. In May 2010, as pledged, the Foundation presented Action Against Hunger with a $50,000 contribution. The contribution will assist Action Against Hunger in its efforts to provide access to clean water and sanitation to earthquake survivors. As part of the overall efforts 32 large water reservoirs have been provided to camps for those residents displaced by the earthquake, which has helped 64,000 Haiti residents (primarily children) have access to safe drinking water, as well as other necessities for continued survival.
The following organizations were awarded grants: Back 2 Basics Kids Foundation, Decatur, GA; Center for Autism and Related Disabilities New England, York, ME; Camp Sunshine, Casco, ME; Bogalusa YMCA, Bogalusa, LA; City of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation, Minneapolis, MN; Fiver Children's Foundation, New York, NY; Heartspring, Wichita, KS; J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center, San Juan Capistrano, CA; Neighborhood Bike Works, Philadelphia, PA; Noble Inc., Indianapolis, IN; Northwest Burn Foundation, Seattle, WA; The People's Burn Foundation, Indianapolis, IN; People Serving People Charities, Inc., Minneapolis, MN; Beyond the Ball, Chicago, IL; Capital Region Youth Tennis Foundation, Albany, NY; Challenged Athletes Dream Complex, Inex, TX; Club Esteem, Melbourne, FL; Courage Center, Golden Valley, MN; Hale Reservation, Westwood, MA; Row New York, New York, NY
The Finish Line Youth Foundation announced that it will host the 8th annual FLYF Golf Outing on Tuesday, September 14, 2010. The event is returning to The Bridgewater Club in Carmel, IN, and will once again play host to Finish Line vendors from across the country. All proceeds from the golf outing benefit FLYF in its ongoing grant making efforts to qualifying not-for-profit organizations. The day of golf will be followed with dinner and a live auction. For more information, please contact FLYF Executive Director Marty Posch at email@example.com, or 317-613-6799.
New Board Members
The Finish Line Youth foundation announces the election of six new members to its Board of Directors. The new board members include Ed Wilhelm, Finish Line executive vice president, chief financial officer and assistant secretary, Chad Edmundson, Finish Line vice president, real estate, Lisa Robinson, Finish Line director, talent management, Mike Northrop, Finish Line regional vice president. As part of the continuing evolution of The Youth Foundation, the organization introduced board leadership from outside of Finish Line for the first time in its history. The organization is pleased to welcome Curtis Simic, President Emeritus of Indiana University Foundation and Danny Dean, President Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation to its Board of Directors.
In other news, the following organizations were awarded grants:
Amputee Coalition of America, Knoxville, TN; Camp Del Corazon, Hollywood, CA; Dragonfly Forest, Inc, Conshohocken, PA; Modified Athletics for Kids, Inc., W. Lafayette, IN; Muscular Dystrophy Association, Longmeadow, MA; Rising Star Academy Inc., Mt. Clemens, MI; Stepping Stones Center, Cincinnati, OH; The Washington Hospital Foundation, Washington, PA; Athletes Serving Athletes, Cockeysville, MD; Figure Skating in Harlem, New York, NY; Girls in the Game, Chicago, IL; Good Shepherd Services, New York, NY; Michigan Disability Sports Alliance, Waterford, MI; Play Ball Indiana, Indianapolis, IN; Special Equestrians, Inc., Warrington, PA; Indianapolis Parks Foundation, Indianapolis, IN
Holiday Fundraising Results
Finish Line Youth Foundation raised more than $1.3 million in the company's stores during its 2009 Holiday Fund Drive. Funds raised will go directly to the Foundation's efforts in effective and inclusive grant making to organizations serving youth throughout the country. FLYF is very proud of the fundraising results and grateful for the generosity of Finish Line customers for their efforts in this year's fund drive that was so phenomenally successful.
Haiti Relief Efforts
Finish Line Youth Foundation announces its support for the Haiti Relief efforts. In response to the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti, the Finish Line, the Finish Line Youth Foundation, its customers, employees and charitable partners mobilized to lend support to the many victims of this tragedy.
Finish Line began collecting monetary donations on January 7, 2010 in its stores and at www.finishline.com for Samaritan's Feet, a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to providing shoes for impoverished children around the world. In response to this catastrophe, Samaritan's Feet is redirecting $50,000 from this collection drive to help distribute shoes specifically for the people of Haiti.
The Finish Line Youth Foundation will, in turn, match monetary donations from customers up to the first $50,000 collected. These funds will be distributed to Action Against Hunger, a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger, in an effort to bring a small measure of comfort to the Haitian people.
The following organizations were awarded grants from October of 2008:
A & A Cottages - Mesa, AZ; Communities for People, Inc. - Boston, MA; Friends of Fort Fort Dupont Ice Arena - Washington, D.C; Fugees Family, Inc. - Scottdale, GA; Huntingdon Community Center - Huntingdon, PA; Jonathon's Place - Dallas, TX; Keshet Dance Company - Albuquerque, NM; Kingsley House - New Orleans, LA; Hassanein Boys and Girls Club, Queens - Queens, NY; Arthritis Foundation of Pacific Northwest Chapter - Seattle, WA; Boulder Parks and Recreation Foundation - Boulder, CO; Center for the Visually Impaired - Altanta, GA; Jameson Camp - Indianapolis, IN; Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana - Kokomo, IN
The Finish Line Youth Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the election of three new board members; Linda Disher, Jenni Dillon and Cindie Norris. All three new members are employees of Finish Line, Inc. headquarters for both organizations are in Indianapolis.
Jenni Dillon began with Finish Line in October 2005 as Director of Merchandise Planning & Allocation. Jenni was promoted to Vice President of Merchandise Planning & Allocation in February 2007, and continues in that position.
Cindie Norris started with the Finish Line in July 1996 as a Special Project Manager in the MIS department. In 1999 she became Store Systems Manager and in 2001 was promoted to Director, and continues in that position.
Linda Disher started in May 1980 working in the Accounting/Finance area. Linda currently holds the position of Accounting Manager responsible for Sales Audit & Budgeting as well as the finance liaison for Payroll.
All three new board members look forward to the challenge of striving to provide strong leadership to the FLYF Board of Directors.
The following organizations were awarded grants from May of 2008:
American School for the Deaf; Carlisle Family YMCA; Children's Home of Cincinnati; Crossroads Rehabilitation Center; Easter Seals Massachusetts; Easter Seals New York; Easter Seals Virginia; Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital;; Autism Society of McLean County, IL; B & G Club of Cumberland Co.; Central Coast Junior Golf, Inc.; Clarence Clay Junior Golf Foundation; EFASC; Greater Melbourne Police Athletic League; Lawrence Hall Youth Services; Wade Center
The 2008 "Tee It For Kids" golf outing is scheduled for Tuesday, September 16, 2008, to take place at the Bridgewater Club in Carmel, Indiana. Several more details are to follow, in the meantime, if need additional information, contact Executive Director Marty Posch at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317)613-6799.
The Finish Line Youth Foundation is happy to announce that more than 1,000,000,000 was raised in it's "All I Want" holiday fund drive that took place in each and every Finish Line store throughout the country. The funds raised will directly go back to the communities where Finish Line customers and employees work & play.
The following organizations were awarded grants from May of 2008:
Bea's Kids, TX; Citvitan Foundation, AZ; Neighborhood Center, Inc, MI; Project Avary, CA; Sunshine Physically Challenged Foundation, WA; SW Autism Research/Resource Center, AZ; Bay Area Outreach & Recreation, CA; Beckwourth Mountain Club, CO; Dig For Kids, CA; Fontana Aquatics Clib, CA; J.F. Kennedy Center, Inc., PA; Rebekah Children's Services, CA; The Children's Course, OR; Association House of Chicago, IL; El Paso Diabetes Association, TX; Gallop, NY; Tennis In The Hood, Inc., GA
FLYF recently held its fifth annual "Putting for Kids" golf outing in Indianapolis. Once again, title sponsors were Nike, adidas and Allegheny Design Management. The outing had more than 160 players and was followed by dinner and a very successful live auction. The event has raised more than $250,000.
The following organizations were awarded grants from August of 2007:
Alivio Medical Center, IL; Amputee Coalition of America, TN; Arizona Recreation Center, AZ; Camden Neighborhood Renaissance, NJ; Camp Adayin, MN; Camp Quality USA, MS; City Youth in Fitness & Education, NC; College Mentors for Kids, Inc., IN; Easter Seals UCP, IL; Family Focus, Inc., MN; Friendship Ventures, MN; Girls on the Run, San Fransisco, CA; Harlem RBI, Inc., NY; Ideal Edge, Inc., PA; Michigan Assoc. of Deaf and Hard of Hearing, MI; Mission Healthcare Foundation, NC; Rocking Horse Center, OH; San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation, OH; West Cobb Youth Athletic Association, GA; Youth Challenge, OH.
The following organizations were awarded grants from May of 2007:
Arthritis Foundation, CA; Best Buddies Indiana, IN; Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, MA; Boys and Girls Club of Southwestern Michigan, MI; Camp Courant, CT; Camp Twin Lakes, GA; Children's Home of Cincinnati, Ohio, OH; Children's Aid Society, NY; Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron, OH; Dallas SCORES, TX; Damar Services, Inc., IN; Denver SCORES, CO; Family Center, NC; Girls Incorporated of Indianapolis, IN; Grand Rapids Wheelchair Sports Association, MI; Homestretch, VA; JCCs of Greater Philadelphia, PA; Kidpower, CA; Latin American Community Center Inc., DE; National Ability Center, UT; Niagara Police Athletic League, NY; Northwest Burn Foundation, WA; Phoenix Children's Hospital Foundation, AZ; Ramapo for Children, NY; Transitions Foundation, Inc., NY; Victory Gallop, Inc., OH; Women's Sports Foundation, IL.
The 2007 "Putting For Kids" Golf Outing is scheduled for Thursday, August 23, 2007, to take place at Broadmoor Country Club in Indianapolis, Indiana. If you would like to learn more about or participate in the outing, please contact Executive Director Marty Posch at email@example.com.
All proceeds from this event directly benefit the Finish Line Youth Foundation. Click here for event information and sign up forms.
The Finish Line Youth Foundation is happy to announce that the 2006 "Help Kids Play" campaign raised more than $853,0000.00. The funds raised will go directly to supporting the communities where Finish Line customers and employees work and play. Thanks to everyone that helped make a difference.
The Finish Line has started our 10th annual holiday fundraiser in stores all over the country to benefit the Finish Line Youth Foundation. The promotion is entitled "Let Kids Play!" and 100% of the funds raised in Finish Line stores will go directly to the Youth Foundation. The funds will then be donated to qualified non-profit organizations that provide opportunities for kids to be involved in sports or to attend camps that provide programs that get kids active. Finish Line's goal this year is to raise $1 million. The fundraiser will run in stores until December 31, 2006.
The Finish Line Youth Foundation has announced that it has completed its mission review and will begin taking grant applications January 1, 2007. All applications must be entered online by going to www.finishline.com and clicking on the Youth Foundation link at the bottom of the page. Organizations can complete a short Eligibility Quiz, or you can see our Guidelines for Giving online.
The new focus of the Foundation is to give to qualified non-profit organizations that provide access to sports programs, as well as camps that get kids active, especially camps that provide services to disadvantaged or disabled youth.
The Finish Line Youth Foundation recently held its fourth annual "Putting For Kids" golf outing in Indianapolis. Vendor partners from Finish Line sponsored the outing and bought foursomes to help raise over $200,000 for the Finish Line Youth Foundation. Nike, adidas and Allegheny Design Management were title sponsors of this year's event.