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Off the Sideline Awards Grants to Oregon Nonprofits

Over the last six years, Off the Sideline has filled a vital health and social equity need by providing nearly 500 scholarships for Oregon youth to participate in community sports and recreation activities. 

The impact of social justice issues, COVID-19 and other factors have changed the global sports landscape and prompted Off the Sideline to examine its policies and processes. As a result of a recent internal review, our Board of Directors approved a new model that provides grants directly to our community partners already embedded in our communities.

We're pleased to announce that grants are approved for 10 nonprofits that support underserved Oregon youth as they participate in team sports and physical activities. Those receiving grants are Self Enhancement Inc., Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area, HOLLA Mentors, Northwest Family Services, The Contingent (of behalf of Every Child Oregon), Every Child Central Oregon, United Way of Southwestern Oregon (of behalf of Every Child Coos and Every Child Curry), Building Healthy Families (of behalf of Every Child Northeast Oregon), Riverside Community Outreach and Todos Juntos. After this one-time funding process is complete and money is distributed, Off the Sideline will dissolve as a nonprofit organization in late 2021. We encourage you to continue to support youth sports through our grant awardees

// Increased confidence

// and self-esteem
// Less risk of obesity

of low-income children participate in team sports compared to 50% of their higher-income peers.

Portland, OR           

We believe Off the Sideline can greatly assist the young people of our community in establishing healthy relationships with their peers and other adult role models, both of which are vital to their success.
Kay Toran, President and CEO

Volunteers of America.


// Higher grades

// Less risky behavior
// More positive relationships

// Increased social


low-income families report a decrease in their child’s sports participation due to cost.

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of Oregon children live at or below the poverty line.