November 2018
Level the Playing Field proceeds help fund more than 100 scholarships
Thank you to all who attended our second-annual fundraiser on Oct. 25 at Legacy Emanuel. Through your generous support we raised enough money to help us provide scholarships for more than 100 low-income and at-risk kids. We believe all kids deserve to benefit from the social and health advantages of team sports participation, and were honored to celebrate with others who share that belief.
Special guests Adrianna Franch and Nat Borchers provided inspiring and heartfelt stories. These Portland soccer greats also answered questions from the young athletes in our audience, and graciously hung out after their speeches posing for photos and signing autographs.
Executive Director Leslie Mestman presented our first annual Communitiy Builder Award winner to Dawit Ferede for going above and beyond to create connectedness in or community through the power of youth sports.  
We also heard from Vanessa Bump from adidas who, along with colleague Steven Mencos, announced that Off the Sideline will receive a portion of proceeds from all purchases made at the Portland adidas Employee Store between Nov. 9 and Dec. 5. For those of you who attended the event, be sure to make good use of your employee store pass!
We couldn’t have done this without our our MVP Sponsor adidas, Head Coach Sponsor Tillamook , and our Supporting Sponsors Heritage Bank and NW Natural. Our evening wouldn't have been as festive without our wine sponsor Stoller Family Estate and beer sponsor Widmer Brothers Brewing. And many thanks to our prize drawing donors, including Portland Trailblazers, Portland TimbersVoodoo Doughnut, Minuteman Press, Portland Accessories, and Lovely's Fifty Fifty and Teote restaurants. 
We look forward to seeing you all again in 2019 and beyond.
With your help we'll continue to get kids in the game
We're often asked how you can get involved with Off the Sideline to help provide access to sports programs to low-income and at-risk kids. Our most recent opportunities include:
Volunteer at the Rip City 5050 Raffle on Dec. 23
By volunteering to help sell tickets for the Rip City 5050 Raffle, you'll not only help us raise funds, you'll also get an Off the Sideline t-shirt and the opportunity to watch a portion of the Trail Blazers vs. Dallas Mavericks game. Learn more or sign up to volunteer.
Make a purchase at the adidas Employee Store 
Off the Sideline will receive a portion of proceeds from all purchases made at the Portland adidas Employee Store between Nov. 9 and Dec. 5. Visit the new store at 2701 NW Vaughn St.; if you attended our fundraiser last month, you already have a store pass. 
Pick up some Dashing Pumpkin doughnuts at Voodoo 
Through the month of November, partial sales of this tasty pumpkin cake delicacy topped with buttercream and pumpkin spice will benefit Off the Sideline. Visit Voodoo Doughnut for a location near you.
Support us through Amazon's Smile program
When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the same prices, selection and shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to us. Visit smile.amazon.com and select Off the Sideline as your chosen charity.

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