– Nonprofits given grants to fuel their commitment to getting kids moving through play and sport –
Nike is proud to announce the latest round of grant recipients for the Nike Community Impact Fund (NCIF), an innovative approach to grant-making that engages committees composed of Nike employees and store athletes to help award grants to nonprofit organizations in the communities where they live and work. The community store in the Ivy City neighborhood of Washington, D.C., awarded $50,000 via grants of $5,000 to $10,000 each to six local organizations focused on getting kids moving through play and sport so they can lead healthier, happier and more successful lives.
The Ivy City community store joins community stores in Detroit, New Orleans, Chicago, the Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., and East Los Angeles, which collectively have awarded a total of $300,000 in grants to 44 nonprofit organizations and schools in this latest giving cycle, in partnership with CAF America. This is the Ivy City community store’s second round of grants supporting local organizations through NCIF. Since its overall launch in 2010, NCIF has awarded 473 nonprofit organizations in the six cities above, along with the Portland Metro region of Oregon, with more than $4.5 million in grants.
“At Nike, we believe kids are made to play and when they do, they’ll do better in life – from the playground to the classroom,” said Caitlin Morris, General Manager of Nike Community Impact. “We are honored to support grassroots organizations making a real difference in Washington D.C. by leveraging the power of sport to invest in the potential of today’s youth.”
Grant Recipients Are Committed to Preparing Kids for Future Success
At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the grant will go toward sports, fitness and recreation equipment for their Triple Play program, which is a comprehensive health and wellness program for youth ages 5-18 that helps them increase their daily physical activity while teaching them healthy habits and life skills.
“We truly appreciate this grant from Nike, which will help us buy sports, fitness and recreation equipment for our Triple Play program, which supports more than 200 youth in the D.C. area,” said Deneika Wicker, Senior Director, Branch Operations, for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. “We have an incredible relationship with the Ivy City Nike Community Store and are so appreciative of the Nike store athletes that volunteer their time and resources as a part of our program. They are truly an amazing group of people.”
According to one of the youth in the Triple Play program, “Whenever I hear the whistle blow and the Nike store volunteers come in, I know it’s going to be a fun day at my club.”
Applications for the Ivy City community store’s next grant cycle will be announced in the spring of 2018.