C.H.A.P.S. Receives Donation for Youth Equine Therapy

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Pictured L to R: Mickey Winters (PATH instructor), LEO, Lori Johnson (PATH instructor) & Kevin Masih, HKPS president.

HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) recently donated $500 to the Center for Horsemanship And Personal Success (CHAPS) to help waive participation fees for underfunded local youth in need of equine therapy. The check was presented by HKPS founder & president, Kevin Masih.

CHAPS, based in Sanford, FL, is a 501c(3) non-profit charitable organization dedicated to educating, empowering and enriching the community through therapeutic riding programs for youth."Therapeutic horseback riding is the use of horses and equine-assisted activities in order to achieve goals that enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and educational skills for people who have disabilities," stated Lori Johnson, a PATH Certified Riding Instructor at CHAPS. For more information on the program, go to www.chapscenter.com.

The donation is made possible by supporters of HKPS--donations like these are a result of their generosity and support.

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HelpKidsPlaySports.org Supports Local Youth Ballet Talent

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HKPS co-founder, Lance Ragland with Morgan Cate, owner of Tutus on Broadway.

HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) recently donated $500 to Tutus on Broadway owner, Morgan Cate, to help waive instruction fees for underfunded local youth dancers.The check was presented by HKPS co-founder & treasurer, Lance Ragland.

"My philosophy comes from my adolescent years of dancing with my first teachers. I had kind and caring teachers who were always positive and believed anyone could learn to dance," stated Cate. For more information call 321-696-3151.

The donation is made possible by supporters of HKPS--donations like these are a result of their generosity and support.

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HKPS Donates to South Orlando Youth Football Association

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HKPS co-founder James Rudolph (L) presenting a donation to Jackie Candalaria (R) of SOYFA.

This past week, HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) donated $600 to the South Orlando Youth Football Association (SOYFA) to help waive registration fees for underfunded kids.The check was presented to Jackie Candalaria, the SOYFA fundraising coordinator, by HKPS co-founder & treasurer, James Rudolph.

"Our goal is to maintain a youth program that benefits all participants, by teaching good sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, physical fitness, and self-discipline through football and cheerleading. We will do our best to set a positive example for our players, cheerleaders, and opponents at all times," stated SOYFA president Brian DuChene. For more information, go to www.SOYFA.org.

The donation is made possible by supporters of HKPS--donations like these are a result of their generosity and support.

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HelpKidsPlaySports.org Continues Support of Class Athlete

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L to R: James Rudolph (HKPS co-founder), Roy Bova, (founder of Class Athlete), & Lance Ragland (HKPS co-founder).

This past week, HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) made their second annual donation of $500 to Class Athlete to help waive registration fees for underfunded kids.The check was presented to Roy Bova, the founder and CEO of Class Athlete, Inc. by HKPS co founders, James Rudolph and Lance Ragland.

Bova founded the youth sports organization nearly seven years ago, to create an outlet in the Casselberry/Winter Springs/Oviedo community. Class Athlete facilitates over 1,000 student athletes in Soccer, flag football, and basketball. For more information on Class Athlete, go to (www.classathlete.com).

The donation is made possible by supporters of HKPS--donations like these are a result of their generosity and support.

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2nd Annual Donation to Oviedo Babe Ruth

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Co-founders of HKPS Kevin Masih & Lance Ragland (on right), presented a 2nd annual donation to the volunteer board of OBR.

HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) made a 2nd annual donation to Oviedo Babe Ruth Baseball & Softball (OBR) this past week. The donation was made at a board meeting with OBR volunteers present. The $750 donation was made on behalf of HKPS board members and supporters. As with all HKPS donations, the funds are given to help waive fees for kids who are in need.

For more information on Oviedo Babe Ruth Baseball & Softball, go to www.oviedobaberuth.com

The donation is made possible by supporters of HKPS--donations like these are a result of their generosity and support.

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HelpKidsPlaySports.org Donates to Azalea Park Pop Warner

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L to R: James Rudolph, Taj Murphy, Kevin Masih, Lance Ragland.

On behalf of Azalea Park Pop Warner, Taj Murphy accepted a $600 donation from HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS). Murphy, an attorney, is a volunteer football coach at Azalea Park Pop Warner and is passionate about finding talented underfunded athletes and helping them find the means to participate. James Rudolph, Kevin Masih & Lance Ragland presented the check last week. The funds were given to help waive expenses for deserving kids who want to participate, but are finding it difficult to pay.

The Azalea Park Panthers are celebrating their 30th year as an organization. For more information on the program, go to http://www.eteamz.com/sites/APPANTHERS

Murphy has agreed to become an Associate Board Member at HKPS. We welcome him to our team.

This donation is made possible by supporters of HKPS--donations like these are a result of their generosity and support.

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Tennis Lessons Courtesy of HelpKidsPlaySports.org

2015_Tennis_small_300.jpgThis past week, community tennis lessons were provided courtesy of HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) at the Orlando Tennis Centre exposing the lifetime sport to local kids in the community. Thomas Sweitzer, USPTA Master Pro and director at Orlando Tennis Centre, organizes the lessons for the community.

Lessons like these are made possible in part by supporters of HKPS--programs like these are a result of their generosity and support.

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Kevin E. Watson Golf Event Raises Over $3,700 for HKPS

2015_golf_collage_small.jpgLast month, over 110 golfers descended upon Deer Run Country Club in Casselberry, FL for the 10th Annual Kevin E. Watson Memorial Golf Event. The event honors the memory of the man the tournament is named after.

Special thanks to all the participants, sponsors and volunteers at this years event. Over $3,700 was raised and donated to HKPS making the event our top fundraiser of the year. The proceeds from the event will help local kids play sports who might not otherwise be able to afford the league fees.

Lance & Keri Ragland (in photo) have been running the event since its inception. Lance is also a co-founder of HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS).


YMCA Receives 2nd Annual Donation from HelpKidsPlaySports.org

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L to R: Dan Didomenico, Lance Ragland, Charis Vasallo, Kevin Masih and Karen Smith.

HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) proudly presented the Oviedo YMCA with a donation of $750.

The funds were given to specifically help waive league fees for deserving kids who want to play in the Y sports programs but can't afford to pay. Kevin Masih, founder of HKPS and Lance Ragland, co-founder, presented the check to Dan Didomenico, chairman of the Oviedo YMCA Board, Charis Vasallo, Membership Coordinator, and Karen Smith, Executive Director.

For more information on youth sports at the Y, go to www.ymcacentralflorida.com

This donation is made possible by supporters of HKPS--donations like these are a result of their generosity and support. Help Kids Play Sports!


HelpKidsPlaySports.org Continues Support of ACYS

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James Rudolph (L), co-founder of HKPS, presented a check to Coach Eddie Santos (R), for the benefit of kids in need at the ACYS.

On June 4, James Rudolph, co-founder of HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS), presented a donation of $500 to the local chapter of the Association of Christian Youth Sports (www.acys.org). The donation will be used to help waive participation fees for kids in need. Eddie Santos accepted the check on behalf of the ACYS.

The ACYS has nearly 3,500 children who play in their programs. Soccer, basketball, flag football and lacrosse are offered.

For more information, go to www.acys.org.

This 2nd annual donation is made possible by supporters of HKPS--donations like these are a result of their generosity and support.

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Easily Fundraise for HelpKidsPlaySports.org with CrowdRise!

crowdrise_collage_jpg.jpgKiDs 4 KiDs: Calling all young athletes! Are you looking for a way to give back to a young athlete in need? Do you need volunteer hours? Here's a way to do both! Just begin a campaign at our HKPS CrowdRise page, add a photo of you playing your sport of choice and tell friends/family that you are "dedicating your season (or other event) to help other young athletes in need." Ask friends and family to "sponsor" you via the page with all donations benefiting a young athlete via HelpKidsPlaySports.org. We will sign for any volunteer hours you can document.

To begin, go to www.crowdrise.com/helpkidsplaysports (the Red Cross, UNICEF, Boston Marathon, Ironman use CrowdRise, so it is safe and secure).

Athletes 4 Athletes: Are you a present or former high school or collegiate athlete? Do you want to help give the gift of sports to a child in need? Follow the instructions above. It only takes about 21 seconds to set up your page. Need volunteer hours? We will sign for any volunteer hours you can document.

Special Event? Are you running a marathon, holding an event, pledging your birthday and/or you just want to raise money for HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS), you too can be a part of our CrowdRise page.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@helpkidsplaysports.org


HKPS Donates to Youth Track & Field/Cross Country Club

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Kevin Masih (far right), HKPS founder, standing next to Craig Wise, founder of the Central Florida Gliders along with athletes and coaches in Altamonte Springs.

Kevin Masih, president of HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) presented the Central Florida Gliders with a donation of $500. Founded in 1989 by Craig Wise (pictured third from right), the Gliders are an Altamonte Springs nonprofit Track & Field/Cross Country Club serving young athletes in our area. The funds were given to help waive fees for deserving kids who want to participate in track or cross country, but are finding it difficult to pay.

The Gliders and Gliders' alumni have achieved success in local, state, national, and international competition and is open to boys and girls age 9 and older. The club is run by volunteer coaches, assistants and parents. For more information, go to www.cfgliders.com. Their 23rd Annual Spring Track Classic will be held May 30th at Lake Brantley High.

This donation is made possible by supporters of HKPS--donations like these are a result of their generosity and support.

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HelpKidsPlaySports.org Community Tennis Lessons

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3rd Graders learning the game of tennis. Coach Hill who ran the clinic, is pictured on the left. Kevin Masih, founder of HKPS, is on the right.

This past week, community tennis lessons were provided courtesy of HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) during the 2015 $10,000 Women's Open at the Orlando Tennis Centre. Thank you to Czech touring professional Petra (not pictured) and Coach Hill (far left in photo) for teaching and introducing these 3rd graders the sport of tennis.

After the lesson, they were able to watch some of the women's professional players in action.

Lessons like these are made possible in part by supporters of HKPS--programs like these are a result of their generosity and support.

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6 year-old's Letter Requesting Football Scholarship

Aida Campbell, president of Lake Howell Pop Warner (a recent youth league recipient of a HKPS donation), was kind enough to share this photo.

"Below is a copy of the letter we received from the six year old of this family...I wanted to share it with you so that you can experience first hand the impact that you are having by helping us to help our families.  It truly tugs at your heart strings," stated Campbell. The young athletes request was granted thanks to the supporters of HKPS.

Everywhere you go, the ever increasing cost of participation youth sports along with life events and circumstances might keep a young athlete off the field and out of the game. Please consider a tax-deductible donation today to help support young athletes like the one who wrote this letter.  Help kids play sports!

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Above: Letter from 6 year-old requesting a "scholarship." The request was granted.

 

 


Pop Warner Football & Cheer Receives Donation from HelpKidsPlaySports.org

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 L to R: Lance Ragland, co-founder of HKPS, presents a check to Aida Campbell, president of LH Pop Warner and Robin Neill, cheer comissioner.

Lance Ragland, vice president of HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) proudly presented Lake Howell Pop Warner Football & Cheer with a donation of $500. The funds were given to help waive expenses for deserving kids who want to participate in football or cheer, but are finding it difficult to pay.

The Hawks are part of the Pop Warner Youth football and cheer program and a member of the Mid Florida Division. As posted on their website, "Pop Warner isn't just about tackling, scoring, cheering, or tumbling, it's about being a part of something bigger...a place where families and friendships can grow. Pop Warner strives to help young athletes develop fundamental values such as strength, character, commitment and dedication."

This donation is made possible by supporters of HKPS--donations like these are a result of their generosity and support.

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