Providing hands-on assistance, tools, advocacy coaching, and matching dollars, we’ve activated 52,500 youth in moving their bodies 282,600 miles to raise mission awareness and $9.2 million for charities nationwide.
More important are the qualitative benefits of our program, evidenced by results from a 2-year independent evaluation. The assessment confirms that our programs provide a highly effective vehicle for youth development, cultivating desirable character traits such as perseverance, empathy, self-efficacy, and healthy risk-taking; sustainable habits in fitness, philanthropy, volunteerism, civic engagement, and community engagement; and practical leadership skills such as public speaking, team building, fundraising, stewardship, and event planning.
“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 academic program in sports philanthropy and 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.