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About the Foundation


The Youth Foundation is a philanthropic outlet for Finish Line to make a difference in the lives of youth in the communities it serves.

To date, the Youth Foundation has awarded more than $19 million in funding to support youth and Special Olympics athletes nationwide. The generosity of our customers who donate online and in-store is what enables Finish Line to continually make an impact in the communities where our customers and employees live, work and play.

1998

Finish Line founders form the Finish Line Youth Foundation (FLYF)

1999

The first annual Holiday Drive launches as a means to support the Boys & Girls Clubs and today serves as the primary fundraising platform for Finish Line's national partnership Special Olympics

2002

Inaugural FLYF Annual Golf Outing

2009

First Legacy Grant is awarded to enhance a park on the Eastside of Indianapolis in partnership with Indianapolis Parks Foundation and the Pacers Foundation

2011

The first Executive Director, Marty Posch, is hired

Inaugural Bowl for Kids Indianapolis event

2012

Finish Line announces multi-year national partnership with Special Olympics

2014

FLYF launches their third annual in-store campaign, "Kids. Camps. Fun!" during the spring shopping season

Finish Line sponsors the Special Olympics National Games and Special Olympics Team Indiana

FLYF announces its largest gift to date of $1.25 million to help build the Finish Line Boys & Girls Club on the east side of Indianapolis

Finish Line employees volunteer a record of more than 10,000 hours

750 Finish Line employees pack 250,000 meals for the hungry in the United States and abroad

2015

Employees participate and raise $20,000 for the Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America

Finish Line sponsors Special Olympics Team USA at the World Games in Los Angeles

The Finish Line Boys & Girls Club breaks ground

2016

FLYF launches its three year initiative “Taking Pride in the Eastside” by partnering with KaBOOM! to build a playground

Finish Line and Special Olympics celebrate the partnership’s five year anniversary

The Finish Line Boys & Girls Club opens

FLYF is awarded the 2016 Corporate Service Award for Excellence in Volunteerism from Serve Indiana

Finish Line employees volunteer a record of more than 12,000 hours

2017

FLYF is the official winter boot sponsor of Special Olympics Team USA at the Winter World Games in Austria

KaBOOM! and FLYF build two more playgrounds; one on the eastside of Indianapolis and one in Denver, Colorado

FLYF executes the largest shoe giveaway ever for Special Olympics Indiana athletes at the state Summer Games with 1,300 pairs

The inaugural Epic Evening event is hosted at Lucas Oil Stadium

FLYF hosts inaugural holiday bash at the Finish Line Boys & Girls Club giving away 200 kid gifts and 100 family gifts