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Foundation seeking applicants for Healthy Youth Initiative

    The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation announced today it will begin accepting applications for its next Healthy Youth Initiative grant. The grant will award $10,000 toward a project that will engage student participation to support at least one of the following goals: increased physical activity/education in school; after school sports opportunities; and/or increased opportunities for youth to safely walk or bike to school. The grant can be used to help launch an idea or develop an existing project or program.

    Eligible applicants for the Healthy Youth Initiative include student bodies, school districts, schools, PTAs, park bureaus, cities, and other organizations in Multnomah County. For more information and to learn how to apply, visit the Foundation’s web site at Applications are due by January 15 and a winner will be selected soon after. The grant is intended to be used during the spring of this school year, and fall of next year, with the option to maintain the project through the summer months.

    The first Healthy Youth Initiative grant was awarded in September to Franklin High School, and is now funding a new intramural sports program. The grant was awarded following a survey that showed more than 300 Franklin students have a strong interest in participating in intramural sports programs.

    “In addition to the physical benefits, the grant will provide an opportunity for a diverse group of students to participate together in a variety of after school sports and health activities,” said Scott Santangelo, athletic director at Franklin.

    The intramural program is free to students and the $10,000 received is helping to purchase sports equipment, as well as provide instructors, incentives and prizes.

    “There are plenty of kids who would like to participate in sports, but do not try out for a school sports team for a variety reasons. These are the students this grant is able to serve,” said Oregon Sports Authority CEO, Drew Mahalic.

    Founded in 1993, the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides grants and conducts programs to support youth sports activities with an emphasis on both underserved youth and increased physical activity. The Healthy Youth Initiative is a Foundation project with a focus on youth, initially within Multnomah County. If the project continues to be successful, future grants will be expanded to youth statewide.

    The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation has raised more than $500,000 for youth sports causes throughout Oregon. The Healthy Youth Initiative kicks off the latest round of grants following a brief, recession-induced hiatus. Previous funding has included sports participation fees, successful drives to save PIL spring sports programs in 2003 and PIL golf, tennis and dance in subsequent years, and funds for sports equipment and facility needs of deserving youth. The Foundation has also served as a driving force in the coalition that passed legislation to establish a minimum amount of participation in physical education for Oregon’s public schools, helping to address the trend of childhood obesity among youth throughout the state. In addition, more than 15,000 deserving youth have attended Portland Trail Blazers’ and Winterhawks’ games through the Foundation’s Reward Youth Ticket Exchange program.

    Oregon Sports Authority Foundation Mission
    To facilitate increased physical activity among Oregon’s youth through sports, physical education, and related programs with an emphasis on opportunities for underserved youth through advocacy, financial support, and program creation.

    Oregon Sports Authority | Sports Commission of the Year 2010
    Recently named “Sports Commission of the Year” by the National Association of Sports Commissions, the mission of the Oregon Sports Authority is to position the state of Oregon as the preferred location for select amateur and professional sports events, franchises and related activities in order to enhance the quality of life of Oregonians and to stimulate the state’s economy. Visit for additional information.

    Oregon Sports Authority Foundation Education Committee
    Owen Blank, Tonkon Torp
    Rorie Leone, Washington Trust Bank
    Randy Miller, Moore Company
    Will Rasmussen, Miller Nash
    Karen Whitman, Karen Whitman Projects

    — November 8, 2010


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