May, 2017
Spring Scholarship Update
We're pleased to announce that we awarded 50 youth sports scholarships this spring, an increase of 285% over last spring. With these awards, we're almost one-third of the way toward our 2017 goal of paying at least 160 scholarships. Here's who we've served with the 131 scholarships paid in 11 sports since February 2016:

Latest Stories:
Tyler Brown
Off the Sideline Advisory Council member Tyler Brown knows first hand the benefit sports provide to kids. Growing up in Portland, he played sports at the local Boys and Girls Club until his family moved to Arkansas when he was 11. Without a similar program in Arkansas, he drifted away from sports, losing his sense of community and belonging in the process. This understanding of the key role sports play in youth development now inspires him every day in his role as the director of youth programs at the Regence Boys and Girls Club. And as a track and basketball coach, he understands that personal mentoring is equally important to athletic skills. Tyler also works to make sure the kids stay on track academically. He believes kids often see him as a neutral 'third party' they can confide in. "Coaching is my tool to help youth reach their goals. Every kid I coach won't play professional basketball, but the tools I give them will help them become professionals." Thank you, Tyler, for your dedication to Off the Sideline and to the youth of our community.
Just $300 Provides a Child
an Entire Season of Sports 
Welcome New Partner: Self Enhancement Inc.
With a mission of helping underserved youth realize their full potential, SEI is a natural Off the Sideline community partner. SEI serves more than 10,000 students and families in the Portland metro area with a holistic, wrap-around service model. Thanks to this new partner, we sponsored 20 SEI  Ockley Green Middle School track and field athletes. 
"Self Enhancement, Inc. is excited to partner with Off the Sideline! We believe exposing youth to new opportunities and allowing them to stay active is an extremely important need in their lives. Off the Sideline helps our youth and families meet those needs with financial support so that they can thrive athletically.” – Anthony Deloney, Youth Services Director
In the News
The Portland Observer
Thanks to the Portland Observer for featuring Off the Sideline's one-year anniversary as their April 5 cover story. 

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