By the end of 2017, we project that 52,424 Positive Trackers will turn 282,594 miles of athletic activity into $9,185,439 for multiple charities since inception. To this end, young people are traveling thousands of miles running and walking, playing field sports, riding their bikes, hiking, playing wiffle ball, skiing, boarding and hip-hopping their way to turning sweat into gold for causes they care about.
More important are the qualitative benefits of our program, evidenced by results from a 2-year independent assessment. The assessment confirmed that our programs provide a highly effective vehicle for youth development, cultivating desirable character traits such as perseverance, empathy, self-assurance, and healthy risk-taking; practical skills such as public speaking, team building, leadership, fundraising, and event planning; and sustainable habits in fitness, philanthropy, volunteerism, civic engagement, and community stewardship.
91% of youth participants interviewed/surveyed by our evaluators agree/strongly agree that they will “get active and give back” again, while 100% of Team Captains agree/strongly agree that they have the power to make a difference in the lives of others by getting active and giving back: “ what was most compelling to me was being able to bring people together. Working with Positive Tracks, I’ve realized that’s what I want to do with my life in general, find ways to bring people together to do something productive and helpful.”
Leading the program evaluation effort is dynamic duo Kathy Babiak and Alisha Greenberg. Alisha Greenberg pioneered the first and only academic program in sports philanthropy and she is the Director of the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award. Dr. Kathy Babiak co-directs the Michigan Center for Sports Management, as well as SHARP: the Sport, Health & Activity Research & Policy Center for Women & Girls. Read more about our evaluation strategy here, or contact Positive Tracks for the full report.