April 2019
adidas: She Breaks Barriers 
In the U.S., only 4% of sports coverage is dedicated to female athletes. adidas recently launched the She Breaks Barriers initiative to elevate women in sports.
Girls around the world are facing barriers to sport. From lack of media coverage to opportunity gaps and restrictive stereotypes, these challenges make it harder for girls to access and excel in sports.
The She Breaks Barriers initiative strives to keep girls engaged in sport so they have the confidence, teamwork and leadership skills they need to succeed on and off the field of play. The initiative strives to:
  1. Provide better access to sport for women and girls
  2. Remove gender stereotypes
  3. Address inequality experienced by female athletes at all levels and all ages
Join us in applauding adidas for their efforts!
Thanks to a gift card from adidas, these Hayhurt Elementary School fifth-grade volleyball players are sporting new jerseys. Off the Sideline provided scholarships for seven team members to participate in Portland Parks and Recreation volleyball. Learn more about the new passion these Portland, OR kids have developed for team sports >
Welcome to Our New Partners Serving Portland Communities
Off the Sideline welcomes two new community partners, both who focus on eliminating social inequity for Portland-area youth and their families. 
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Metropolitan Family Service helps people move beyond the limitations of poverty, inequity and social isolation. For more than 60 years, theye’ve joined forces with key community partners from education, healthcare, business and government to create opportunities that change lives and make communities stronger.Their commitment to children, families and older adults encourages people across the lifespan to realize their full potential. 
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HOLLA is a culturally responsive mentorship organization. Since it’s inception, it has built a community of socially active neighbors, local entrepreneurs, first generation minority college students, and committed professionals who are willing to foster healthy relationships with economically challenged and at risk children and teens within the structures of the educational system. We look forward to partnering with both organizations to get more kids into team sports. 
Upcoming Events
May 17 | 3 PM – 6 PM
16126 SE Stark St., Portland
If you have a child entering sports who needs a physical, join our community partner, the Rosewood Initiative, at their upcoming Community Health and Wellness Fair. In addition to offering free acupuncture, light massage and haircuts, they're also providing free sports physicals for kids. 
Metropolitan Family Services Community Cup 
May 18 | 10 AM – 4 PM
Alder Elementary School
17200 SE Alder Street, Portland
The Metropolitan Family Services Community Cup is a day filled with soccer games from 12 different MFS SUN Community Schools, fun activities, lunch for participants and their families, a community resource fair and a free food market where families will be able to take food home.Stop by and visit Off the Sideline at the Community Resource Fair between 12-3 p.m.
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