Positive Tracks is linked to athletic events because these provide Positive Trackers with 7 built-in essentials:
- 1. A mobilized community
- 2. A worthy charity to support
- 3. Goals, deadlines and motivation to get moving
- 4. An electronic fundraising mechanism
- 5. Team-building and leadership opportunities
- 6. A starting line
- 7. A finish line
Most importantly though, athletic events are fun and inspiring!
Nothing feels quite like being a part of the positive energy and momentum an athletic event brings to a community of motivated people.
Positive Tracks is proud to partner with:
The Dempsey Challenge:
The Dempsey Challenge presented by Amgen, in Lewiston, ME, is a fundraising experience benefiting The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine. The Dempsey Challenge takes place on October 11-13, 2013, and is comprised of various cycling distances (10, 25, 50, 70 and 100 miles), and a 5K and 10K run/walk. The event also plays host to a free, family-friendly Festival in the Park, Survivor Walk, Kids’ Fun Run and Community Celebration.
CHaD Hero Half Marathon & Ripcord 5k:
The CHaD Hero Half Marathon & Ripcord 5K is a family-friendly community event designed to encourage participants of all ages and running ability. On October 21, 2013, participants will tackle a Half-Marathon; a Ripcord 5K Run/Walk; or Cam’s Course, a 1M fun run, named after Positive Tracks spokesperson, Cam Marshall. The event includes a Tribute to Heroes Celebration, featuring food booths from local vendors, free entertainment, and Positive Tracks Kids Zone. All funds benefit CHaD, The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
Levi’s GranFondo is a charity cycling event benefiting several different charities, including The LIVESTRONG Foundation and The Forget Me Not Farm, through VeloStreet, a 501(c)3 dedicated to the enhancement of local communities through a variety of means. On Oct 5, 2013, 7,500 riders will set out from Santa Rosa, California on three separate routes, so that nearly any cyclist can participate.
Travis Roy Foundation Wiffle Ball Tournament:
The 12th annual Travis Roy Foundation Wiffle Ball Tournament, benefiting Travis Roy Foundation, returns to Little Fenway and Little Wrigley in Essex, Vermont on Friday-Sunday, August 9-11, 2013. The theme in 2012, ‘Eleven Seconds to 11 Years: Playing Together for a Cure’, celebrated this year’s tourney that took place in August at the quarter-scale replicas of the major league parks built at the home of Essex-native Pat O’Connor.
Positive Tracks partners with athletic events designed primarily to benefit one or more charitable organizations.
Benefitting organizations receive all Positive Tracks entry fees and fundraising dollars, plus the Positive Tracks dollar-for-dollar match of youth participants age 23 or under.
Positive Tracks charity partners include:
The Patrick Dempsey Center For Cancer Hope and Healing:
Located in Lewiston, Maine, The Dempsey Center provides free support, education and wellness services to anyone affected by cancer, regardless of where treatment is received.
Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock:
Located in Lebanon,NH, CHaD, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock is the only is the only comprehensive, full-service children’s hospital in New Hampshire. CHaD’s goal is to provide the best care possible for our patients and families right in their backyards. The needs at CHaD vary from providing equipment to supporting non-reimbursable programs and services.
VeloStreet is an incorporated 501(c)3 non-profit that owns Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge GranFondo. Dedicated to the enhancement of local communities through a variety of means, VeloStreet is governed by a board made up of local cycling leaders and determines the charities that benefit from the event. Charities currently benefiting Levi’s GranFondo through VeloStreet, Inc., are: The Forget Me Not Farm, Rural Elementary Schools, Rural Emergency Responders, VeloStreet’s Cycling Initiatives Program, and LIVESTRONG Foundation.
Travis Roy Foundation:
Travis Roy Foundation was established in 1997 to help spinal cord injury survivors, and to fund research into a cure. Inspired by Travis’ 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. 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.
Positive Tracks cultivates innovative collaboration and strategic partnerships with philanthropic and corporate funding partners who share our vision to support worthy organizations with challenge matches actualized by youth.
Funding support enables Positive Tracks to multiply resources and impact in order to reach more youth, travel more miles and raised more dollars for charity. If you are interested in joining the Positive Tracks Funding Alliance, please contact us.
While Positive Tracks pursues its own federal tax exemption, Associated Grant Makers in Boston, MA provides Positive Tracks with fiscal sponsorship, allowing all contributions to be fully tax-deductible.
The Positive Tracks program is made possible by generous seed grants from Jane’s Trust and Jane B. Cook Charitable Trusts; counsel and guidance from Hemenway & Barnes, LLP; and administrative support from The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, ME.
We are grateful for the support of these and other essential past and present funding partners, including:
- Jane’s Trust
- Amgen Breakaway from Cancer
- Byrne Foundation
- Upper Valley Children’s Fund
- Hockey East
- TD Bank
- Jane B. Cook Charitable Trust
- BaySon Co
- Auburn Firefighters Local 797 Children’s Fund
- Friends of Mel
- Tim Hortons
- Oxford Networks
- Norwich Partners
- Courtyard by Marriot
- Couch Family Foundation
- Chicago Soft
- Jane Kitchel Fund
- Elizabeth Steele
- Too-Cap Foundation
- Griffiths-Wennrich Family Fund