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 across the state, culminating with a championship meet at Hayward Field in Eugene. Nearly 2,000 young athletes participated last year, ranging from beginners to elite competitors.
The Foundation recently expanded its work, establishing new partnerships with Street Soccer USA – Portland and RecTennis. The Street Soccer USA partnership has led to a successful youth program that leverages the power of soccer to positively impact the lives of immigrant and refugee youth in East Portland, while the RecTennis partnership offers both kids and parents a chance to learn to play tennis at one of several free jamborees across the state.
In partnership with Nike, Providence Health & Services and the Oregon Sports Awards, the Foundation also helped launch the Play It Forward Award Fund to support organizations providing access to physical activity and sport opportunities for youth throughout Oregon. Monthly grants of $5,000 support non-profit organizations focusing on elementary and middle school youth.
Other Foundation initiatives include the Reward Youth Ticket Exchange program, which has provided more than 15,000 deserving youth the chance to attend Trail Blazers’ games, and the successful effort to establish a minimum amount of participation time in physical education for Oregon K-8 public schools. 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, FAST Camp, and the successful drive to save PIL spring sports programs in 2003 and PIL golf, tennis and dance in subsequent years.
Youth Sports Grant Programs
Below is a list of additional organizations that support youth sports and physical activity through various grants and programs:
There are also many sport-specific Community Service organizations and programs listed in our Sports Directory.