Six youth basketball players from The Factory Sports Complex received a gift of basketball sneakers from the Nike Outlet store and the Jason Anderson Foundation on Dec. 2.
The Jason Anderson Foundation for Youth Sports was founded by Marc and Claire Anderson in memory of their son, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in January 2015 at the age of 33. The foundation seeks to help all children participate in a community organized sport of their choice by providing sports grants and scholarships to groups and individuals.
While Nike assisted with the shoes, scholarship funding from foundation includes the fees to participate in the The Factory program and not just for the shoes. The foundation's total grant/scholarship award for this Factory program will be just over $2,000.
Jason’s parents and close friends established the not-for-profit to ensure Jason’s memory lives on and that his strong connection to the positive effects of sports participation can be shared by all children.
“I was introduced to the Jason Anderson Foundation through mutual friends at Slam Dunk to the Beach,” said The Factory owner Pat Woods. “They have a great program with great people. We have met with them several times about partnering with our youth leagues. They just want to help give kids opportunities to participate in youth sports knowing that youth sports is a great avenue to teach teamwork, work ethic, character and resilience. We are like-minded in this regard, and we are happy to be working with them. They are the real deal and want to make a difference.”
For more information about the foundation, go to jasonandersonfoundation.org.