The Finish Line Youth Foundation Grants More Than $180,000 in Q3 2015

New board members also announced

INDIANAPOLIS--()--The Finish Line Youth Foundation announced today the award of $180,805 in grants for the third quarter of 2015. The 22 grants will help organizations in 14 states that focus on healthy lifestyles, youth development and special needs.

“Through each grant request we fund, we have the opportunity to impact the lives of our children,” said Marty Posch, Finish Line Youth Foundation president. “Our grantee’s programs and initiatives make a difference in the communities they serve and we are proud to join them in that mission.”

Three new representatives will also join the Foundation’s board effective January 1, 2016. They include:

  • Heather Abidi, regional vice president, Finish Line
  • Al Goizueta, senior vice president and general manager, store operations, Finish Line and Finish Line Macy’s
  • Beau Swenson, chief financial officer, Running Specialty Group

Finish Line stores nationwide and online are currently hosting a holiday fundraising drive dedicated to Special Olympics through December 31, 2015.

The Finish Line Youth Foundation supports qualified nonprofit organizations that provide community-based access to athletics for children and camps that provide services to those who are disadvantaged or disabled.

The deadline to submit grant applications online for this quarter is December 31.


Nine 13, Inc. (Indianapolis) – $40,000 for the Kids Riding Bikes program equipment and expansion.

True Friends (Annandale, Minn.) $25,000 to build an accessible ropes course to offer independence-building elements to campers with physical disabilities.

YMCA of El Paso (El Paso, Texas) $28,000 to install an aerobics floor and renovate buildings and fields.


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern CA (Los Angeles, Calif.) $5,000 for Camp Ronald McDonald for children up to eight years old who have cancer.

The Channel 3 Kids Camp (Andover, Conn.) – $5,000 for an overnight camp for children with physical and developmental disabilities.

The Painted Turtle (Santa Monica, Calif.) $5,000 to support a medical specialty camp for children with life-threatening disease.


Allegro Foundation (Charlotte, N.C.) $5,000 to support free weekly movement education classes for 160 children with disabilities.

Boys & Girls Club of CSRA (Augusta, Ga.) $5,000 to support Triple Play comprehensive health and wellness program for at-risk youth.

Cancer Support Community (Indianapolis) – $2,500 for Let’s Move! program expansion for children with cancer and their families.

Catch the Stars Foundation (Indianapolis) – $5,000 to support a free fitness clinic for at-risk youth ages 7-14.

Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (Tallahassee, Fla.) – $5,000 to support inclusive programs and sports activities for youth with and without disabilities.

Girls on the Run of New Orleans (New Orleans, La.) – $4,000 for Girls on the Run program site to inspire at-risk girls to be joyful, healthy and confident.

Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation (Morton Grove, Ill.) – $4,200 to support an innovative sports program for children ages 3-7 with intellectual disabilities and their peers.

Masters City Little League (Augusta, Ga.) – $5,000 for Little League scholarships for children who are at or below poverty level.

Patachou Foundation (Indianapolis) – $4,705 for Whole Means and Healthy Choice Education for at-risk inner-city youth.

Philly Girls in Motion (Havertown, Pa.) – $5,000 for physical fitness and sports programming for at-risk girls to build confidence and healthy choices.

Playworks Education Energized (Indianapolis) – $5,000 to support Playworks programming to support low-income schools to harness the power of play.

Project GOAL (Providence, R.I.) – $5,000 for Project GOAL after-school soccer program for at-risk youth.

Shining Stars Foundation (Tabernash, Colo.) – $5,000 for the 2016 Winter Games sports and recreation program for children with cancer.

Soccer Without Borders (Cambridge, Mass.) – $5,000 for Boston’s winter program to support indoor soccer programming for at-risk youth.

Streamline Miami Foundation (Miami, Fla.) – $2,400 to support a flag football program for at-risk and disadvantaged youth.

Students Run America (Tarzana, Calif.) – $5,000 to support Los Angeles Marathon training program for at-risk youth.

About The Finish Line Youth Foundation

The Finish Line Youth Foundation strives to make a difference in the lives of youth in the communities where employees and customers live, work and play. The Youth Foundation funds non-profit organizations that provide opportunities for kids to participate in community-based youth athletic programs and camps that emphasize active lifestyles, especially programs that serve disadvantaged and special needs kids. For more information about the Youth Foundation, please visit our website and watch the “Kids Are Awesome” video. Follow Finish Line Youth Foundation on Twitter at as well as on Instagram at and “like” the Youth Foundation on Facebook at


Finish Line Youth Foundation
Dianna L. Boyce, 317-613-6577
Corporate Communications


Finish Line Youth Foundation
Dianna L. Boyce, 317-613-6577
Corporate Communications