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Off the Sideline Helps Fund Kids Sports Dreams, KATU AM Northwest Video, August 2018 Off The Sideline Founder and Executive Director Leslie Mestman joins AM Northwest to talk about how they provide financial scholarships to low-income families. 


Basketball program at Kelly Elementary in play thanks to efforts by Off the Sideline and coach, March 2018 Thanks to the efforts of the Portland nonprofit "Off the Sideline" and a coach who is back on the sidelines after a battle with breast cancer, the Kelly Elementary kids are hooping it up.


Off the Sideline Celebrates One Year of Getting Kids in the Game, Portland Observer, April 2017 The rising cost of participating in school-based sports and after-school activites is causing more families to opt out, but a Portland non-profit found a way to get more kids in the game.


Off the Sideline Assists the "Plaza Park Boys," KPTV 12 Video, March 2017 The Plaza boys are in the game thanks to a generous assist from Off the Sideline.


Off the Sideline Celebrates One Year, Timber's Army Newsletter, March 2017 The 107IST gave financial support to Off the Sideline ... and we want to spread the word about the good work they do.


Kids Get in the Game: This Week In Daily Giving, Huffington Post, June 2016 Children from low-income households are afforded financial scholarships to participate in community sports programs.


FamilyCare Health Awards Grant to Off the Sideline, Oct. 2016 FamilyCare Health granted $10,000 to Off the Sideline, an organization that increases access to team sports for lower-income kids and families. 

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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 more than 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 later in 2021. We encourage you to continue to support youth sports through our grant awardees