Oregon Sports Authority Foundation
The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation provides grants and conducts programs to support youth sports activities with an emphasis on both underserved youth and increased physical activity. The Foundation’s feature program is the TrackTown Youth League, created in 2014 in partnership with TrackTown USA to offer free all-comer youth track meets around the state, culminating with a championship meet at Hayward Field in Eugene. More than 1,000 young athletes participated this year, ranging from beginners to elite competitors.
The Foundation recently partnered with Nike, Providence Health & Services and the Oregon Sports Awards to launch the Play It Forward Award Fund to support organizations providing access to physical activity and sport opportunities for youth throughout Oregon. A monthly grant of $5,000 will support non-profit organizations focusing on elementary and middle school youth.
The Foundation has also partnered with the Oregon Sports Authority Advisory Council to produce an annual Fitness and Sustenance Training Camp to promote youth development, healthy lives and social responsibility. The FAST Camp is a special opportunity for area youth to learn about sports, sportsmanship, nutrition, and physical fitness.
Other Foundation initiatives include the Reward Youth Ticket Exchange program, which has provided more than 12,000 deserving youth the chance to attend Trail Blazers and Winterhawks games, and the successful effort to establish a minimum amount of participation time in physical education for kindergarten through 8th grade Oregon public school students. The Foundation also helped bring the nationally renowned non-profit Playworks to Oregon and continues to support its work to use the power of play to bring out the best in every kid.
Past programs include Healthy Youth Oregon and the successful drive to save PIL spring sports programs in 2003 and PIL golf, tennis and dance in subsequent years.
Promoting a culture of healthy Oregonians through the benefits of physical activity from participation in individual and/or team athletic activities.
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.
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