The Finish Line Youth Foundation Grants More Than $180,000 in Q3 2015

New board members also announced

INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Finish Line Youth Foundation announced today the award of $180,805
in grants for the third quarter of 2015. The 22 grants will help
organizations in 14 states that focus on healthy lifestyles, youth
development and special needs.

“Through each grant request we fund, we have the opportunity to impact
the lives of our children,” said Marty Posch, Finish Line Youth
Foundation president. “Our grantee’s programs and initiatives make a
difference in the communities they serve and we are proud to join them
in that mission.”

Three new representatives will also join the Foundation’s board
effective January 1, 2016. They include:

  • Heather Abidi, regional vice president, Finish Line
  • Al Goizueta, senior vice president and general manager, store
    operations, Finish Line and Finish Line Macy’s
  • Beau Swenson, chief financial officer, Running Specialty Group

Finish Line stores nationwide and online are currently hosting a holiday
fundraising drive dedicated to Special Olympics through December 31,

The Finish Line Youth Foundation supports qualified nonprofit
organizations that provide community-based access to athletics for
children and camps that provide services to those who are disadvantaged
or disabled.

The deadline to submit grant applications online
for this quarter is December 31.


Nine 13, Inc. (Indianapolis) – $40,000 for the Kids Riding Bikes
program equipment and expansion.

True Friends (Annandale, Minn.) $25,000 to build an
accessible ropes course to offer independence-building elements to
campers with physical disabilities.

YMCA of El Paso (El Paso, Texas) $28,000 to install an
aerobics floor and renovate buildings and fields.


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern CA (Los Angeles, Calif.)
$5,000 for Camp Ronald McDonald for children up to eight years old
who have cancer.

The Channel 3 Kids Camp (Andover, Conn.) – $5,000 for an
overnight camp for children with physical and developmental disabilities.

The Painted Turtle (Santa Monica, Calif.) $5,000 to
support a medical specialty camp for children with life-threatening


Allegro Foundation (Charlotte, N.C.) $5,000 to support
free weekly movement education classes for 160 children with

Boys & Girls Club of CSRA (Augusta, Ga.) $5,000 to
support Triple Play comprehensive health and wellness program for
at-risk youth.

Cancer Support Community (Indianapolis) – $2,500 for Let’s
program expansion for children with cancer and their families.

Catch the Stars Foundation (Indianapolis) – $5,000 to support a
free fitness clinic for at-risk youth ages 7-14.

Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (Tallahassee, Fla.)
$5,000 to support inclusive programs and sports activities for youth
with and without disabilities.

Girls on the Run of New Orleans (New Orleans, La.) – $4,000 for
Girls on the Run program site to inspire at-risk girls to be joyful,
healthy and confident.

Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation (Morton Grove, Ill.)
– $4,200 to support an innovative sports program for children ages 3-7
with intellectual disabilities and their peers.

Masters City Little League (Augusta, Ga.) – $5,000 for Little
League scholarships for children who are at or below poverty level.

Patachou Foundation (Indianapolis) – $4,705 for Whole Means and
Healthy Choice Education for at-risk inner-city youth.

Philly Girls in Motion (Havertown, Pa.) – $5,000 for physical
fitness and sports programming for at-risk girls to build confidence and
healthy choices.

Playworks Education Energized (Indianapolis) – $5,000 to support
Playworks programming to support low-income schools to harness the power
of play.

Project GOAL (Providence, R.I.) – $5,000 for Project GOAL
after-school soccer program for at-risk youth.

Shining Stars Foundation (Tabernash, Colo.) – $5,000 for the 2016
Winter Games sports and recreation program for children with cancer.

Soccer Without Borders (Cambridge, Mass.) – $5,000 for Boston’s
winter program to support indoor soccer programming for at-risk youth.

Streamline Miami Foundation (Miami, Fla.) – $2,400 to support a
flag football program for at-risk and disadvantaged youth.

Students Run America (Tarzana, Calif.) – $5,000 to support Los
Angeles Marathon training program for at-risk youth.

About The Finish Line Youth Foundation

The Finish Line Youth Foundation strives to make a difference in the
lives of youth in the communities where employees and customers live,
work and play. The Youth Foundation funds non-profit organizations that
provide opportunities for kids to participate in community-based youth
athletic programs and camps that emphasize active lifestyles, especially
programs that serve disadvantaged and special needs kids. For more
information about the Youth Foundation, please visit our website
and watch the “Kids
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Finish Line Youth Foundation
Dianna L. Boyce, 317-613-6577