Positive Tracks partners with 12 Charity Partners to plug into the athletic effort they host. Our 12 Charity Partners receive a benefit package including a Positive Tracks Matching Youth Challenge Grant; tools to engage and activate youth; coordination support; a sponsorship platform; and connection to other Charity Partners working to engage youth in philanthletics.
Through our Charity Partners, Positive Tracks Youth Challenge Grants are: Changing behaviors to combat HIV/AIDS; Enhancing the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries; Advancing marine and educational science; Creating integrated environmental, adventure and media projects; Improving the health and wellness of injured military veterans; Giving free support, education, and integrative medicine services to anyone impacted by cancer; Harnessing the power of play for hundreds of low-income schools in major urban areas; Supporting disabled young people to participate in a variety of sports; Empowering young lives through wilderness mentoring opportunities; Delivering low-income high school students with support needed to get into and graduate from college; and Providing advanced pediatric services for children and their families.
Download our Charity Partners’ Missions Menu to the causes Positive Tracks and youth participants are supporting. Current 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.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. Grassroot Soccer also partners 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.
Playworks is a national non-profit organization that partners with Positive Tracks to serve low-income schools across Massachusetts. Playworks programming supports learning by providing safe, healthy and inclusive play and physical activity to schools at recess and throughout the entire school day. Playworks does this by training coaches to be in schools full time to implement their program. Playworks, MA launched programming in seven schools in Boston in the fall of 2006 and currently serves 28 schools in Massachusetts. In a national climate of increased bullying, and with the childhood obesity epidemic impacting one in three children, Playworks programming meets critical needs in partnering schools across the country.
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. 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.
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is an independent marine research institution based in Sarasota, Florida, comprised of world-class marine scientists committed to the belief that the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans begins with research and education. Mote’s research programs focus on understanding the population dynamics of manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and coral reefs and on conservation and restoration efforts related to these species and ecosystems. Mote is scientists, explorers and stewards of the ocean. Driven by science, research, education and excitement, Mote works to create a better environment for ourselves and our children, and offers a broad variety of ways for all ages to immerse themselves in the oceans with the help of our expert educators who have the experience, knowledge and training to bring marine science to life as stewards and explorers of the ocean.
Let’s Get Ready provides low-income high school students with free SAT preparation, admissions counseling, and other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college. Trained college student volunteers deliver these services and offer encouragement, inspiration, and confidence. LGR utilizes an innovative “near peer” mentorship model to provide students the tools they need succeed as they prepare to take the SAT and apply to college. Volunteer college students (“Coaches”) provide SAT mentoring, as well as support with the entire admissions application process, including applications for financial aid. Coaches receive extensive training and, having recently taken the SAT, are uniquely equipped for this role. Coaches also assist with college selection and planned campus visits to enable LGR students to make the best possible college choices. LGR is committed to making sure that their students both get to college and complete college, and provides additional services to help students create a path to a successful future.