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Foundation seeking applicants for $10,000 signature grant

    The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation announced today it will begin accepting applications for its new Healthy Youth Initiative, a signature grant available for high school youth in Multnomah County. The grant will award $10,000 to support a project that will engage student participation to support at least one of the following goals: increased PE in school; after school sports opportunities; and increased opportunities for youth to safely walk/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 can include student bodies, school districts, high schools, PTA’s, 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 oregonsports.org/foundation. Applications are due by June 11 and funds will be dispersed for the coming school year.

    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 pilot project with a focus on high school youth within Multnomah County. If the pilot is successful, future grants will be expanded to elementary and middle schools on a statewide basis.

    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 Winter Hawks’ 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
    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.

    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

    — April 26, 2010


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