The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation has selected the David Douglas School District as the winner of its latest $10,000 Healthy Youth Oregon grant. The grant will provide after-school sports for students at Alice Ott Middle School, Floyd Light Middle School and Ron Russell Middle School this spring.
Middle school students of all abilities will now be able to access their school gym two days per week to participate in supervised basketball and badminton for two hours per day. The grant will allow each site to have an experienced staff member coordinate and supervise up to 120 students per session, per site, for an estimated total of 330 students district-wide. Site coordinators will develop incentive programs and organize a year-end competition between the schools.
“Aside from the popularity of basketball among our students, we believe offering badminton will help attract students who traditionally would not participate in an after-school sports program,” said Dan McCue, communications director at the school district.
This year the David Douglas School District was forced to reduce its budget, resulting in the elimination of stipends paid to teachers and staff for leading extra-curricular and after-school activities. All middle school sports were eliminated with the exception of track. The District is no longer able waive fees for families who are unable to afford participation fees.
“We applaud the David Douglas School District for coming up with an innovative program to help keep its middle school students active,” said Oregon Sports Authority Foundation President Rorie Leone. “This new after-school program dovetails nicely with our goals, and we look forward to seeing this program grow in the years ahead.”
Founded in 1993, the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides grants and conducts programs to support youth sports activities with an emphasis on both underserved youth and increased physical activity.
Healthy Youth Oregon®
The Healthy Youth Oregon initiative is the grant giving program of the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation and typically awards $10,000 grants toward projects that will engage student participation to support at least one of the following goals: increased PE in school; after school sports opportunities; and increased opportunities for youth to safely walk/bike to school. The grant can be used to help launch an idea or develop an existing project or program. Eligible applicants for a Healthy Youth Oregon grant can include student bodies, school districts, schools, PTA’s, park bureaus, cities, and other organizations.
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— News Release, December 5, 2011