2016 HKPS Year in Review

As we begin 2017, we want to thank everyone who helped support HelpKidsPlaySports.org in 2016. The result of that support was that we were able to help 12 different youth sport organizations waive fees for underfunded kids. Below is a posting of our 2016 donations. Help kids play sports!2016_Review.jpg


WSBL & SOYFA Receive $500 Each in 2016 from HKPS

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At the end of 2016, HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) donated $500 each to the South Orlando Youth Football Association (SOYFA.org) and the WSBL Sunshine Youth Sports (WSBL.com) to help waive registration fees for underfunded kids.


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


Oviedo Little League Supported for 3rd Straight Year

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HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) proudly presented Oviedo Little League(OLL) with a recent donation of $500. The funds were given to help waive fees for deserving kids who want to play Little League but can't afford to pay. Oviedo Little League serves about 300-400 families and players. This is the third consecutive year HKPS has donated to OLL.

For more information on Oviedo Little League Baseball & Softball, go to www.oviedolittleleague.com .

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


CHAPS Receives 2nd Annual Donation

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HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) made a 2nd annual donation of $500 to the Center for Horsemanship And Personal Success (CHAPS) to help waive participation fees for underfunded local youth in need of equine therapy.

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.


Oviedo Babe Ruth Receives 3rd Annual Donation from HKPS

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HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) made a 3rd annual donation to Oviedo Babe Ruth Baseball & Softball (OBR) this past week. 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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Third Year Anniversary for HelpKidsPlaySports.org

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This month marks the third anniversary of HelpKidsPlaySports.org Inc. What started as an idea over breakfast with friends at Johnny's Diner in Winter Park, has now helped hundreds of young, deserving local athletes get and stay in the game. To all who have supported our mission these past three years, we thank you. Pictured left to right: James Rudolph, Lance Ragland, Kevin Masih.

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Class Athlete Receives 3rd Annual Donation from HKPS

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L to R: James Rudolph, Roy Bova & Lance Ragland

This past week, HKPS made their third 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 eight 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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$1,500 Donated to Three Local Youth Sports Organizations

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Memorial Golf Event Raises Nearly $5,000 for HKPS

KW_thanks_collage_web.jpgA few weeks ago, over 100 golfers descended upon Deer Run Country Club in Casselberry, FL for the 11th 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. Nearly $5,000 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 (top left in photo) have been running the event since its inception. Lance is also a co-founder of HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS).


CF Gliders Receive 2nd Annual Donation from HelpKidsPlaySports.org

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

Kevin Masih, president of HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) presented the Central Florida Gliders with a 2nd annual donation of $500. Founded in 1989 by Craig Wise (pictured on 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 April 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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HKPS Makes 2nd Annual Donation to YMCA Youth Sports Scholarship Fund

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L to R: Kevin Masih, Charis Simmons (Vasallo), Karen Smith, Lance Ragland.

HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) recently presented the Oviedo YMCA with a donation of $750. This past year, HKPS donations have helped 27 young underfunded athletes participate in a sport of their choice.

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 Charis Simmons (Vasallo), Membership Coordinator, and Karen Smith, 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 Donates to Oviedo Recreation Scholarship Fund

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L to R: Kevin Masih, Kris Tietig & Mary Jo Tietig

Kris & Mary Jo Tietig, volunteers with HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS), along with Kevin Masih, founder of HKPS, proudly presented a donation of $500 to Oviedo Parks & Recreation. The funds were given to help waive fees for deserving kids who want to play youth sports but can't afford to pay.

Oviedo Parks & Recreation offers the following sports as part of their programs; tennis, baseball/softball, basketball, cheerleading, flag football, football, soccer & volleyball.

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


2016 Online Fundraising Blitz Starts February 7, 2016

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The 2016 HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) Online Fundraising Blitz has begun. Donate today!

Since 2014, HKPS has raised funds that have helped hundreds of kids participate in various youth leagues and programs. Without these funds, they may not have been able to participate. HKPS hopes to raise over $20,000 in 2016 starting with the online fundraising blitz. "The donations we make to various youth sports leagues to help waive league fees for kids is made possible by donations from our supporters and various fundraisers," stated Kevin Masih, HKPS founder. "We thank each an everyone who supported us last year and hope to grow that support in 2016. It is our promise to continue our mission and help more and more deserving kids get and stay in the game."

Here's how you can help:

Option 1) Donate to HelpKidsPlaySports.org!

Option 2) Post the info graphic on left to social media with your own personal message about our online blitz and how the cause is important to you. Ask for donations and/or to share the post.

Option 3) Send the info graphic at left via email to friends and colleagues with a personal message about our annual online blitz asking for donations.

Option 4) Send/Post the following link where young athletes can set up and organize a "Kids4Kids" drive where they can raise money for HelpKidsPlaySports.org without the hassle of collecting checks etc. https://www.crowdrise.com/helpkidsplaysports  This will help kids learn the meaning of giving.

Option 5) Send/Post the following link where people can do their shopping at Amazon.com and .5% of what they purchase is donated to HelpKidsPlaySports.org by Amazon! http://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-4513276

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2015 HKPS Volunteer(s) of the Year

2015_tietig_web.jpgIt is with great pleasure to announce Kris & Mary Jo Tietig as our 2015 HelpKidsPlaySports.org Volunteer(s) of the Year.

In 2015, Kris and MaryJo were able to secure $2,000 in grants from the Duke Energy Foundation for HKPS. These funds helped about 30 underfunded kids participate in their sport of choice. Thank you Kris & Mary Jo and thank you Duke Energy for your sincere commitment to your community. Parents themselves of two children, Mary Jo is a former competitive swimmer and Kris is an accomplished golfer and tennis player, who also coaches youth football in his spare time.

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2015 Year In Review Video for HelpKidsPlaySports.org

As we begin 2016, we want to thank everyone who helped support HelpKidsPlaySports.org in 2015. The result of that support was that we were able to help 14 different youth sport organizations waive fees for underfunded kids. Below is a 30 second video of our 2015 year in review. Help kids play sports!