October 2017
Join us for an evening of
friends, food and fun
There's still time to purchase tickets for our first annual Friend & Fundraiser event. Join us between 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Legacy Emanuel Atrium
In addition to great food, premium wines, and beer, you'll mingle with our funders, community partners and others who are passionate about health and social equity through team sports. 
Hear from our featured guests as they share experiences and tell their stories about youth sports in our communities. 
  • Dian Christensen, Portland Public Schools PE Teacher and Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Tyler Brown, Youth sports coach and Off the Sideline Advisory Council member
  • Clair Raujol, Volunteers of America, Prevention Services Director
  • John Anderson, Former football player with Missouri Southern State University, Mental Health Professional and Ph.D Candidate
And if that's not enough, your ticket gets you an entry into our prize drawing. The list keeps growing, and prizes include:
  • Pennant signed by 2016-17 Portland Trailblazers PLUS 2, 100-level tickets
  • REI gift certificate
  • Voodoo doughnut gift package
  • Custom canvas large-format mounted print from your photo courtesy of Minuteman Press 
  • ... and more!
Proceeds help fund scholarships to low-income and at-risk youth. 
MVP Sponsor:
Supporting Sponsors: 
                Heritage                Stoller
Can't make it to the Friend & Fundraiser event? Consider a Donation!
What's lost when only rich kids play sports
BBWe recommend a recently published article in The Atlantic, telling the story of what happens when low-income kids are unable to play sports. This income disparity in youth athletics has effects on health and success that stretch far into adulthood.
From the article: "Compared to those who don’t play sports, students on teams graduate at higher rates, perform better on tests, secure higher grades, and are more apt to aim for college. Sports participation is also correlated with happier families, better physical and emotional health, and an overall higher quality of life, including less drug and tobacco use in high school."
Bag it Forward 
continues to fund youth sports 
The Hawthorne New Seasons selected Off the Sideline as their education-related Bag it Forward recipient. So far, 8,240 people donated their five-cent bag refund to benefit our organization. This means three kids who might not normally have the funds to play sports will be able to play for a whole season. That nickel may seem small to those customers, but the health and social benefits will be huge for those kids. The power of business + nonprofits + community. 

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Off the Sideline
PO Box 14457
Portland, OR 97293

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