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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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Helping to Level the Playing Field in 2020
We had a great time celebrating with the Off the Sideline Community on March 5, 2020. Eric Knox, head coach of the 2019 OSAA girls high school basketball champs at Benson High School, inspired us all with his miracle stories, and Emcee Amy Faust kept the festivities moving along.  We hope you can all join us again next year!

​​2018 Level the Playing Field Fundraiser a Big Success

Thank you to all who attended our inaugural fundraiser on Oct. 25, 2018, at Legacy Emanuel. Highlights included heartfelt messages from Nat Borchers and Adrianna Franch, Community Builder Award winner Dawit Ferede, and a special announcement from adidas that a percentage of all sales at the adidas employee store in Portland between Nov. 19 and Dec. 5, 2018, will be donated to Off the Sideline. Through your generous support we raised enough money to help us provide scholarships for nearly 100 low-income and at-risk kids. 

​​​October 2019, March 2018, December 2018 Rip City 5050 Raffles

Thanks to the Trail Blazer Foundation for including us in their Rip City 5050 Raffle efforts. Volunteers sold Rip City 5050 Raffle tickets at the Blazers match ups. Off the Sideline raised enough money to help provide scholarships for low-income and at-risk kids across Oregon. A special thanks to the all our volunteers who supported our cause!