For the past three years, the Jason Anderson Foundation, a 501c nonprofit, has been providing grants and scholarships to local youth sports organizations and families throughout the Delaware region.
Focusing on a mission to provide children in need the opportunity to participate in community-organized youth sports activities, the foundation has provided more than $33,000 in grants. From individual sports scholarship awards to organizational grants, the foundation has helped more than 400 children, ages 6 to 14, participate in a team sport in order to gain the benefits of physical fitness activities while learning some of life’s lessons of teamwork, leadership and friendship.
Providing grants to local community-organized sports teams that share the foundation goals and can exhibit a need in the community remains a key focus. One hundred percent of the donations received go back into the local Delaware communities via the grants and scholarships provided. In just three years, the foundation has provided grants to youth sports organizations in all three counties to help local Delaware kids in need, including:
The Kent County Stallions, Kirkwood Soccer Club, Dover Little League, Police Athletic League of Wilmington, Henlopen Soccer Club, Berlin SeaHawks, Duffy’s Hope, Slingshot Lacrosse of Wilmington, The Western YMCA, Milton Little League, Newark American Little League, Seaford Elite Football, Delaware Shore Filed Hockey, and Delaware Tribe.
The foundation has also begun to focus on individuals and families who meet target criteria. At the request of the Delaware Tribe girls’ travel softball team, the foundation provided an individual sports scholarship to enable one of their promising players to participate in the program. Her family had experienced several setbacks, and without the foundation’s support, she would not have been able to play. In 2018, the foundation expanded this effort by providing a grant to The Factory’s Youth Basketball Program. This grant helped The Factory provide sports scholarships to eight selected students. With assistance from Nike, the scholarship recipients were also able to select a new pair of basketball shoes. This kind of positive impact at the student level has continued to drive the foundation’s success in 2019.
The generous contributions the foundation receives from friends, family, corporate partners and the community enable the fulfillment of its mission each year. The foundation thanks the MOMs Club of Coastal Delaware for donating proceeds from its recent consignment sale at Cape Henlopen High School.
The Gals that Give organization will host its final event of the year Thursday, Nov. 21, at Dover Downs, to benefit the foundation. The event includes a buffet dinner and numerous raffle items such as baskets of cheer, gift cards to local restaurants and hotels, various gift baskets and sports memorabilia. A 50/50 drawing will also be held. Tickets are $25 and must be ordered in advance. For more information and to order tickets, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/d/de--dover/gals-that-give/ and click on the link to the Jason Anderson Foundation.