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December, 2016
 What a Year!
A Special Message from
Executive DIrector Leslie Mestman
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As I look back over what we've accomplished this year, my heart is very full. We started in February with one community partner and a goal of serving 10 kids and we close out the year having served more than 80 kids with the help of our five wonderful community partners. From the kids who always wanted to try a sport but couldn't afford it, to the young man who got to go to the big tournament with his team, I know we've made a difference this year.
 
We forged community connections when we paid the enrollment fees for the six kids living in the same public housing complex who all wanted to form a basketball team. We stayed true to our goal of promoting health equity for our most vulnerable communities, with more than 90% of our scholarship recipients children of color, many of whom are recent immigrants. We have big goals for next year and I hope you'll continue to support us on this journey of getting kids in the game.
 
Every donation helps, and we thank you for your additional support in helping us increase access to youth sports for low-income families.
 
 
Who We've Served in 2016
Off the Sideline is proud of our accomplishements in 2016. Working with our community partners, here's who received scholarships in the last year: 

Scholarship Spotlight
Stanley has been a member of the Volunteers of America Oregon community since 2013. He struggled academically, and attempts from staff members to help motivate him to improve his grades were futile. In the Spring of 2016 when VOA staff mentioned the Off the Sideline opportunity, Stanley jumped at the chance to start playing football. With the help of Off the Sideline, he registered to play with Jefferson Youth Football. The sports organization required that he maintain a ‘C’ average. This opportunity provided the exact incentive and support Stanley needed, and he is now receiving A’s and B’s, no C’s in sight. We’re proud of the effort Stanley has put forth.
Meet our Team:
Board Member M
ickey Lee
Mickey is a lifelong athlete who knows firsthand the connection between sports and success in school. As Off the Sideline's board president, she combines her background in project development and management with her passion for social equity to support the organization. A favorite quote of hers is from The Confidence Code: “Girls lose confidence, so they quit competing in sports, thereby depriving themselves of one of the best ways to regain it." Learn more about Mickey and the rest of the Off the Sideline team.
 
Support us through Amazon's SMILE program!
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Off The Sideline every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the same prices, selection and shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will help keep kids in the game by donating 0.5% of the purchase price to us. Every time you shop, simply use this link, and don’t forget to bookmark it for future shopping. Or you can set up your account by visiting  smile.amazon.com. When prompted to enter a nonprofit, simply enter Off the Sideline.

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PO Box 14457
Portland, OR 97293

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