Positive Tracks Charity Partners are the benefactors of Positive Tracks athletic efforts, including youth event entry fees, youth fundraising dollars, and dollars awarded by Positive Tracks through Youth Challenge Grants.
Positive Tracks Charity Partners also encourage Independent and Virtual Participation efforts which qualify for Positive Tracks matching dollars. If you are interested in supporting a Positive Tracks charity independently of its standard athletic event, please communicate with its Positive Tracks Coordinator before launching your effort, and visit Positive Tracks How It Works and FAQ pages for more information.
2014 Positive Tracks charity partners include:
The Patrick Dempsey Center For Cancer Hope And Healing was founded by Patrick Dempsey and provides free support, education and wellness services to anyone affected by cancer, regardless of where treatment is received. The Patrick Dempsey Center For Cancer Hope and Healing is located in Lewiston, ME.
Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) is the only comprehensive, full-service children’s hospital in New Hampshire. Located in Lebanon, NH, CHaD’s goal is to provide the best care possible for their patients and families right in their backyards. The needs at CHaD vary from providing equipment to supporting non-reimbursable programs and services.
Travis Roy Foundation was established in 1997, and operates out of Boston, MA. The Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the life of individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families by providing adaptive equipment and to finding a cure through increased funding of research, resulting in self-reliance and the ability to be as independent as possible. Inspired by Travis Roy’s own story, the life-blood of the Travis Roy Foundation has been the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations across North America. This generosity has made an immediate impact on the lives of many individuals.
Grassroot Soccer uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV. Their vision is a world mobilized through soccer to create an AIDS free generation, and to achieve this mission, GRS shares its innovative HIV prevention and life-skills curriculum, utilizing the popularity of soccer to increase impact. GRS works in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia, and believes in sharing its curriculum and model to achieve greater scale and impact. In order to do this effectively, GRS provides technical assistance to like-minded organizations that deliver locally-driven sport-based education programs. Grassroot Soccer has partnered with corporations and organizations such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Nike, and many others. When the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) announced its 20 Football for Hope Centers, it chose Grassroot Soccer to run the first one, located in Khayelitsha, South Africa, a suburb of Cape Town. On July 13, 2010, Grassroot Soccer announced a partnership with Women’s Professional Soccer in their initiative Get Active! which aims to fight childhood obesity throughout the country. Grassroot Soccer’s North American office operates out of Norwich, VT.
Ride2Recovery stages long-distance, multi-day cycling events to benefit mental and physical rehabilitation programs for injured veterans that feature cycling as the core activity. R2R’s mission is to improve the health and wellness of injured veterans by providing a life changing experience that can impact their lives forever. While riding in a group of 150-200 cyclists, men and women experience a sense of normalcy, accomplishment, pride, camaraderie and relief from depression and other problems that accompany recovery and rehabilitation. R2R Challenges are multi-day events, covering 350-450 miles, that push participants to their limit, both physically and mentally. R2R’s “Honor Rides” blend military and civilian participants, including youth participants, significant sponsor support, and media coverage. Ride2Recovery operates out of Calabasas, CA.
Lacrosse the Nations Lacrosse the Nations unifies the US lacrosse community to sustainably improve education and health while creating hope and opportunity for children in need. With lacrosse as PE and after school programs, Lacrosse the Nations holistic approach includes a life skills curriculum, nutrition program, coach’s scholarship program and monthly field trips. All with the goal of providing children in impoverished communities the skills to improve their mental, physical and emotional well-being. With a deep commitment to sustainability, Lacrosse the Nations establishes programs that are culturally relevant, and led by leaders within the communities they serve. Currently, LtN runs four international programs in Nicaragua and Costa Rica as well as two domestic programs in Ohio and Virginia.
Turtle Ridge Foundation was founded in 2005 when Olympic Medalist and World Cup Champion, Bode Miller and family came together to form TRF. Consistent with Miller family values of one human helping another, the Foundation helps to fund youth and adaptive sports programs. With assistance from corporate sponsors, private donors, and charity event appearances by Bode Miller, Turtle Ridge is honored to support a wide variety of organizations aligned with its own mission. Turtle Ridge Foundation operates out of Sugar Hill, NH.
Additive Adventure By Majka Burhardt is a non-profit that creates integrated environmental, cultural, adventure and media projects centered around Additive Adventure: when adventure goes beyond exploration to cultural and environmental connections to create a larger conversation resulting in global impact. Positive Tracks and Majka Burhardt partner to create high-profile, high-energy, and high-production value initiatives that launch passionate youth into being global change-makers. In 2014, The Lost Mountain Project will push the bounds of science, adventure, and conservation, exploring this trifecta in the culminating The Lost Mountain Film. The people behind the film are: Majka Burhardt: author, professional climber and filmmaker of 16 years of experience leading multi-stage international ventures increasing conversation and creating environmental action; Paul Yoo: Film producer/director focusing on documentaries covering social justice issues throughout the developing world with credits including a landmark public-private film partnership between Warner Bros. and USAID, as well as National Geographic’s INSIDE series; and Sarah Garlick: science and adventure writer and producer concentrating on the Earth, environmental, and conservation sciences, and author of Flakes, Jugs & Splitters: an award-winning book about geology, and a pocket guide to Rocks and Minerals from the National Geographic Society. Read more about The Lost Mountain Expedition here, and join Positive Tracks youth ambassadors Grant Bemis and Charlie Harrison every step of the way by following Lost Mountain Positive Tracks Youth Blog.
Soccer Without Borders programs use soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing underserved youth with a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion and personal success. Across 7 U.S. cities, SWB engages refugee, asylee, and immigrant youth through year-round youth development programs and camps with a team-based program model that features five key activities: soccer play and instruction, team-building, off-field education, civic engagement, and cultural exchange. Internationally, SWB brings this same model to youth who otherwise lack access to sport and extracurricular opportunities, with a particular focus on engaging girls. SWB is based in Boston and currently operates 4 core programs, 4 seasonal programs, and 12 camps in 4 countries. Territories include: Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Granada, Nicaragua; Greeley, CO; Kampala, Uganda; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Oakland, CA.