The Finish Line Youth Foundation today announced the award of nearly $200,000 to its grant recipients in the second quarter of 2012. Among these was a $62,053 grant awarded to Damar Services of Indianapolis. The 25 other grants also went to organizations in 16 states and the District of Columbia that place an importance on youth development and an active lifestyle.
“Our mission is to make a real, lasting impact on the lives of youth across the nation,” said Marty Posch, executive director of the Youth Foundation. “We’re working harder than ever to ensure we dedicate our resources to projects that promote healthy, active lifestyles.”
The Youth Foundation supports qualified, non-profit organizations that provide community-based access to athletics for kids, as well as camps that provide services to those who are disadvantaged or disabled.
Damar Services (Indianapolis, Ind.)
- $62,053 for the Home Field project to build a baseball field for youth in the community. Damar Services’ mission is to provide children and adults challenged by autism and other developmental disabilities the tools they need to live more successful and independent lives.
Boys & Girls Club of Central Mississippi (Jackson, Miss.)
$13,915 for a pool restoration project at Camp John I. Hay, which offers outdoors experiences for youth who normally would not have resources needed to go to camp.
Alphapointe (Kansas City, Mo.)
$5,000 to support their day camp for youth who are blind or visually impaired.
Camp Kesem (Lafayette, Calif.)
- $5,000 for chapter program growth that empowers college student leaders nationwide to create free, life-changing summer camps for children affected by a parent’s cancer.
Camp Smile-A-Mile (Birmingham, Ala.)
- $5,000 to provide year-round challenging recreation and education experiences for young cancer patients and survivors, as well as their families.
Central Ohio Diabetes Association (Columbus, Ohio)
- $5,000 for development of Camp Hamwi, a camp for children with diabetes to learn about eating healthy, checking blood sugars, exercising and living with diabetes.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation (Atlanta, Ga.)
- $5,000 for Camp Carpe Diem, an overnight summer camp for children with epilepsy and other seizure disorders.
City Kids Wilderness Project (Washington, D.C.)
- $5,000 for their Summer Wilderness Camp, an outdoor education program for underserved and at-risk inner-city youths in the D.C. area.
Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center (Loveland, Colo.)
- $5,000 for their all-abilities summer camp, which promotes the well-being of youth with special needs through equine-assisted therapy.
Heroes, Great & Small (Armuchee, Ga.)
- $2,500 for programming at Camp HeroMania, a camp that has served more than 1,600 children who have risen above the difficulties of sexual abuse.
Le Bonheur Foundation (Memphis, Tenn.) -
$5,000 to go toward the Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center Cardiac Kids Camp, which offers the opportunity for children with heart-related illnesses to enjoy outdoor activities like swimming and canoeing in a safe environment.
Little Friends for Peace (Mt. Rainier, Md.)
- $4,500 for Peace Camp scholarships for refugees in El Salvador.
The Boggy Creek Gang (Eustis, Fla.)
- $5,000 for life-changing programs for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.