The Finish Line Youth Foundation in Indianapolis has awarded more than $190,000 in grants for the first quarter of 2016. The organization says the 21 grants will help nonprofits in 12 states that focus on healthy lifestyles, youth development and special needs.
The foundation says it supports nonprofits that provide access to community-based athletics for children and camps that provide services to disadvantaged or disabled children.
"Camp can be a life-changing experience for kids and we’re honored to make that dream come true for youth nationwide along with other programs that support healthy and active lifestyles," said Marty Posch, president of The Finish Line Youth Foundation.
The first quarter recipients include:
- Camp Oliver (Descanso, Calif.) – $10,000 to revitalize a low ropes course for 288 underserved youth campers. Camp Oliver provides a safe, caring environment for all children, youth and adults so they can appreciate and value themselves, others and the natural world around them.
- Harmony Family Center (Knoxville, Tenn.) – $14,000 for a therapeutic natural playground serving 2,000 foster children and families. The Harmony Family Center serves children, families and communities through counseling, education and adoption.
- Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center (Glenwood, Md.) – $75,000 Challenge Grant for a therapeutic indoor riding arena for 170 special needs children. The Riding Center provides indoor sensory-sensitive therapy to serve children and youth with sensory processing disorders.
- Camp Laurel Foundation (Pasadena, Calif.) – $5,000 for summer camp serving 125 youth who are affected by HIV/AIDS.
- Connecticut Burns Foundation (Milford, Conn.) – $5,000 to support 2016 Burn Camp for 80 children recovering from severe burn injuries.
- Deepwood Foundation (Mentor, Ohio) – $5,000 to support Camp for Confidence serving 60 children with developmental disabilities.
- Epilepsy Foundation of Texas (Houston, Texas) – $5,000 for residential camp experience for 287 children with epilepsy.
- Girls Incorporated of Greater Indianapolis (Indianapolis) – $5,000 for Strong, Smart and Bold summer camp for 100 girls to be healthy, educated and independent.
- Hear Indiana (Indianapolis) – $5,000 to support Listening and Spoken Language Camp for 65 youth who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Little Red Door Cancer Agency (Indianapolis) – $5,000 for Camp Little Red Door for 108 pediatric cancer patients.
- Outside the Box (Indianapolis) – $5,000 for Camp Create U! summer camp for 40 special needs youth.
- Ramapo for Children (Rhinebeck, N.Y.) – $4,500 for Camp Ramapo Summer Adventure for 500 disadvantaged children with disabilities.
- Tanager Place (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) – $5,000 for Camp Tanager for 600 economically or medically disadvantaged youth.
- Cerebral Palsy of Westchester (Rye Brook, N.Y.) – $7,500 to support an adaptive sports program for 30 youth with cerebral palsy.
- Friends of Foster Children of Palm Beach County (West Palm Beach, Fla.) – $5,000 for Enriching Connections sports and academic program for 50 foster youth.
- Include Autism (San Diego, Calif.) – $5,000 for an inclusive baseball league for 90 youth with autism.
- Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (Los Angeles) – $5,000 to KEEN Sports and Swim program for 55 children with disabilities.
- New York Road Runners (New York, N.Y.) – $5,000 for New York Road Runners running program for 77,000 children of all fitness levels.
- St. Mary’s Foundation for Children (Bayside, N.Y.) – $5,000 for summer programming for 80 youth with complex physical and mental disabilities.
- The Family Place (St. Paul, Minn.) – $5,000 for its leadership development program for 115 homeless youth.
- YMCA of the North Shore (Gloucester, Mass.) – $4,904 to support Camp Ann Mobile YMCA serving 250 low-income youth.