The Indianapolis-based LIDS Foundation and LIDS Sports Group are accepting applications for this year's “Tip the Hat Award.” The grant program is offering a total of $300,000 in funding for 2015.

December 15, 2014

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The LIDS Foundation, a charitable 501(c)(3) organization and the philanthropic support arm of LIDS Sports Group, is presently accepting applications for its largest annual grant, the “Tip the Hat Award.” Now in its third year, the grant program has nearly doubled in size, offering a total of $300,000 in funding for 2015.

“Our future lies in the hands of today's children,” notes Scott Molander, LIDS Foundation Board president and COO of LIDS Sports Group. “As such, LIDS Foundation works toward the advancement of youth support organizations that promote active and healthy lifestyles as well as leadership and growth opportunities.”

Seeking Five Grantees

With a mission to support healthy and active youth programs, the LIDS Foundation is in search of charitable organizations with a similar focus. This year, the following grants will be awarded to the top five grant winners:

•First place: $125,000

•Second place: $75,000

•Third place: $50,000

•Fourth place: $25,000

Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a LIDS Foundation Tip the Hat Award are encouraged to visit to review the official entry rules, learn more about the submission process and submit an application. The deadline for entries is December 31, 2014.

About LIDS Foundation

The LIDS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and the philanthropic support arm of LIDS Sports Group. The Foundation works to engage young people in the communities where LIDS Sports Group operates to become active in sports-related activities that promote healthy lifestyles as well as leadership and growth opportunities. It accomplishes its mission primarily through offering resources – be it in the manner of time, expertise, funds, or materials – to nonprofit organizations with goals and values that align with those of the LIDS Foundation. To find out more about the LIDS Foundation, visit


The LIDS Sports Group, operating within Hat World Inc., is comprised of the LIDS retail headwear stores, the Locker Room by LIDS specialty fan retail chain, the LIDS Clubhouse retail stores, the LIDS Team Sports wholesale team sports business, and the Internet businesses,, and Operating out of Indianapolis, Indiana, the retail businesses make up more than 1,200 mall-based, airport, street level and factory outlet locations nationwide, and in Canada and Puerto Rico. LIDS retail stores offer officially licensed and branded headwear of collegiate teams, major professional sports teams, as well as other specialty fashion categories in the latest styles and colors. Locker Room by LIDS is a mall-based retailer of sports headwear, apparel, accessories, and novelties which also operates under the Sports Fan-Attic and Sports Avenue retail concepts. Most LIDS and Locker Room by LIDS stores also offer custom embroidery capability. LIDS Clubhouse operates team-specific professional sports and university athletics retail stores and e-commerce sites. LIDS Team Sports is a full-service team uniform and apparel dealer, custom screen printer, embroidery and sporting goods distributor. Hat World Inc. is a subsidiary of Genesco Inc.

Source: LIDS Foundation

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