February, 2017
Oh, How We've Grown in a Year
It is hard to believe a year has gone by since we paid our first scholarship. In that last 12 months, we paid more than 80 scholarships and expanded from just a single partner to six wonderful and committed community partners. This month we’re pleased to welcome two new partners – Morrison Child & Family Services and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area. With the addition of these new partners we now serve families in Hillsboro, Oregon City, Beaverton and Gresham – while continuing to deepen our Portland services. New growth is wonderful but maintaining it is the hard part. Now more than ever, we are asking for your financial support to help us get more kids in the game in 2017. Even if you can’t give financially at this time, help us get the word out by committing to telling one friend about Off the Sideline, sharing this newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Happy Birthday to us!
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Website Launches With Even More Information
Off the Sideline has a new website full of content about us and the kids we serve. Visit the site to find out why team sports are so important to youth in grades five through nine, hear directly from our funders and partners about why they support us, read our latest success stories and more.

Just $300 Provides a Child a Whole Season of Sports - Donate Today
New Additions to the Team
We are pleased to welcome Robyn Pierce to the Off the Sideline Board, as well as all the members of our newly formed Advisory Council.
  • Sheryl Alstrin - Sr. Facilitator at Verus Global, Inc. 
  • Gina Binole - Principal at GBM Communications
  • Tyler Brown - Director of Youth Programming, Regence Boys & Girls Club
  • Kristen Connor - Sr. VP and Relationship Banking Officer at Pacific Continental Bank
  • Michelle DePass - Community Engagement and Policy Coordinator, Portland Housing Bureau
  • Brian Setzler - CPA, Bottaini, Gallucci, & O'Hanlon, PC
Learn more about our Board of Directors  and Advisory Council.
Scholarship Stories
Plaza Park Boys
When Dawitt wanted to start a basketball team with his friends at the Plaza Townhomes apartments, Off the Sideline provided scholarships for the entire team. Fellow resident, Abraham Fofanah, has known most of the boys since they were small and was happy to step in and coach. Their community has rallied behind them, with many adults and family members attending games when they can. The team has only lost one game this season, despite not having access to a basketball hoop to practice on. Since many The team members, who are in grades 6 through 9, attend different schools ... Read the full Plaza Park Boys story and more >

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PO Box 14457
Portland, OR 97293