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.

Help kids play sports!


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.

Help Kids Play Sports!


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.

Help kids play sports!


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.

Help Kids Play Sports!


HKPS Donation to Provide Free Tennis Lessons

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Tom Sweitzer, Director of the Orlando Tennis Centre & Kevin Masih, HKPS founder.

HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) presented Tom Sweitzer, USPTA Master Pro & Director of the Orlando Tennis Centre with a check for $500 for the Orlando Community & Youth Trust for the purpose of providing free tennis lessons to kids. Last year, Tom's tennis outreach program gave free lessons to thousands of children ages 6-12 in our area. Tom anticipates giving free lessons to 3,000 children this year.

The first of these lessons will be during the USTA $10,000 Women's Pro Circuit Tournament held at historic Orlando Tennis Centre March 17-22. Last years event featured players from 24 different countries and included free tennis lessons for local youth and Special Olympic athletes. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Orlando Community & Youth Trust which funds the free tennis lesson program.

The 2014 winner, CiCi Bellis, pulled off a major upset at the U.S. Open and finished the year as the No. 1 junior in the world. Attendance is free. Go see future women tennis stars in action and help kids play sports. For information call Tom Sweitzer at 407-246-4469.


2015 Online Blitz Campaign Starting February 1

2015_Campaign_jpg.jpgThe 2015 HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) Online February Fundraising Blitz has begun. Donate today!

Last year, HKPS raised over $7,000 that helped about 70 kids participate in various youth leagues and programs. Without these funds, they may not have been able to participate. HKPS hopes to raise over $15,000 in 2015 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 2015. It is our promise to continue our mission and help more and more deserving kids get and stay in the game."


Double Down Receives Donation from HelpKidsPlaySports.org

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Double Down Owner Terri King (top left), Double Down Owner Shawn Foster (top right), Lance Ragland (bottom left, HKPS co-founder), Kevin Masih (bottom right, HKPS founder) pictured with Double Down Athletes.

HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) proudly presented Double Down Athletics with a donation of $500. The funds were given to help waive expenses for deserving kids who want to train, but are finding it difficult to pay.

Double Down coaches train and coach boys and girls in gymnastics, tumbling, aerial arts, dance & cheer. For more information go to their website at www.doubledownathletics.com or call (407) 365-8021. Double Down Athletics helps hundreds of young athletes reach their goals.

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

Help Kids Play Sports!


WSBL Receives Donation From HelpKidsPlaySports.org

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James Rudolph, co-founder of HKPS, presents Courtney Mullins, president of WSBL,  with a donation of $500 to help waive league fees for deserving kids.

HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) proudly presented Courtney Mullins, president of WSBL Sunshine Youth Sports, with a donation of $500. The funds were given to help waive fees for deserving kids who want to play basketball but can't afford to pay. The WSBL serves about 800 families and players. Courtney and her husband Chris, run the Northeast Orlando league.

The WSBL – Sunshine Youth Basketball League offers organized league play for children in grades K – 12. The WSBL is in partnership with the City of Winter Springs Parks and Recreation Sports Program. In addition, the WSBL are partners with the Orlando Magic Jr. Magic program and Jr. NBA/WNBA. League play is offered during the fall, winter, and spring seasons. For more information, go to www.WSBL.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!


HelpKidsPlaySports.org Donates to Oviedo Little League

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 L to R: Kevin Masih-HKPS founder, Stan Merrell-commisioner OLL, James Rudolph-HKPS co-founder, Lance Ragland-HKPS co-founder, Todd Cluxton-president OLL

HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) proudly presented Todd Cluxton and Stan Merrell, president and commissioner of Oviedo Little League (OLL) with a donation today 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.

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 supprt. Help Kids Play Sports!


HelpKidsPlaySports.org Donates to Oviedo Babe Ruth

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 OBR board members with HKPS founder, Kevin Masih

HelpKidsPlaySports.org (HKPS) made a donation to Oviedo Babe Ruth Baseball & Softball (OBR) this 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.

"OBR is one of the largest baseball & softball leagues in Florida and while they consistently produce state champions, they also have a reputation of great coaching and superb sportsmanship," stated Kevin Masih, HKPS president. "We are proud to support the league," added James Rudolph, HKPS co-founder. Lance Ragland, HKPS vice president elaborated, "We all love watching our kids play and we know how much our kids get out of team sports. We want to give that same experience to others." For more information on OBR go to www.oviedobaberuth.com.