Positive Tracks relationship with Patrick Dempsey grew from a successful partnership with Dempsey Center, which Dempsey founded in his hometown, Lewiston, Maine, in 2008. Patrick devotes considerable time and passion to The Dempsey Challenge, an ever-growing event that allows Dempsey Center to deliver free cancer support to patients and families battling cancer. Patrick is very supportive of Positive Tracks’ mission, and came on board as an official spokesperson in 2009.
“We had a blast at the 2016 Sweat For Good Summit and mobilized more next-generation youth advocates for the cause. We were particularly inspired by one energetic kid who bravely grabbed the microphone and announced, proudly, that he does not want to wait for adulthood to make a difference. He wants to make a difference today and work directly, passionately on an issue dear to his heart. That is when we understood the magic of Positive Tracks – an open-source platform that empowers the young to use their intelligence, leadership, and boundless energy to take direct action, today. If the successes of these youth ambassadors are any indication, the 2032 Presidential election will field very strong leaders forged on the philanthropic sporting fields. I believe in the Positive Tracks program because it’s about so much more than just fundraising – it’s about kids connecting to and giving back to the world in a healthy, creative, and productive way.”
Read Dempsey’s contribution to Huffington Post: Sporting Youth Philanthropy.