You’re invited! Give back with a simple tweet during the #TipTheHat Twitter party hosted by The Lids Foundation. Tip the Hat is an annual competition where people vote for their favorite charities to win $125k! This virtual party will be 1 hour- 1 p.m. to 2p.m. EST on Thursday, February 9th.
- Join the party by using your favorite organization’s hashtag(#) as well as the hashtag #TiptheHat. Make sure you are following @lidsfoundation on Twitter.
- You could win a $25 gift card from LIDS by participating – winners will be chosen every 10 minutes via drawing.
Listed below are the organization participating and their hashtag. Make sure you vote for your favorite charity by tweeting BOTH hashtags. Each tweet counts as a vote! We will be tweeting questions about the charitable organizations in the competition and would love to hear and thoughts!
List of the organizations’ hashtag(#):
Baseball for All – #BaseballForAll
Too many girls are still told they can’t play baseball because they are girls. If you tell a girl she can’t play baseball what else will she think she can’t do? Baseball for All empowers girls who love baseball through tournament play and leadership activities. We want girls to know they can follow their passions and that they have no limits. Baseball for All dedicates its resources to the year-round outreach, education and advocacy of girls’ baseball throughout the country. 2017 Nationals will be the largest girl’s baseball tournament in U.S. history, serving 6 age groups and approximately 250 girls. The LIDS Foundation’s Tip the Hat Award will be instrumental in keeping tournament participation fees at a minimum and increase opportunities to get more girls in the game.
Fight for Life Foundation – #FFLtipthehat
Fight for Life Foundation was founded by Marlin Jackson, a former NFL cornerback for the Indianapolis Colts, to give kids a fighting chance. To make it to the NFL, Marlin had to fight through many hardships and overcome his less than ideal childhood. Marlin never knew his father, his mother was addicted to drugs, and he was routinely neglected and moved from home to home. Inspired by his experiences, Marlin and his founding board have made it the mission of FFLF to help deserving but underserved youth develop social and emotional skills they can use to overcome their own childhood hardships. Using education, athletics and wellness activities as the foundation for youth development, FFLF provides incentive-based programming that encourages kids to reach their full potential both in the classroom and in life. FFLF now serves over 3,000 kids across 5 schools in Central Indiana and beyond, and has been a contributor to the Phalen Academy’s top ranking in Indiana for academic growth. FFLF also reaches thousands of children nationwide through the partnership they have with Jack and Jill magazine. Help FFLF and the children they work with continue to grow!
Girls on the Run International – #VoteGOTR
At Girls on the Run, they believe every girl is inherently full of power and potential with the ability to change the world. They inspire young girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. Over the course of a 10-week program, girls in 3rdto 8th grade are led by trained coaches through lessons designed to teach girls to be confident in who they are, respond to others and one selves with care and compassion, create positive connections with adults and their peers, develop strength of character, and make meaningful contributions to their communities. At the end of the program, girls complete a celebratory, non-competitive 5k event, which builds a very real sense of competence and self-assurance. In 2016, Girls on the Run served close to 200,000 girls, engaged over 100,000 volunteers, and hosted more than 300 5k events nationwide – making it the largest 5k series in the country. Girls on the Run provides 44% of participants over $11,000,000 in financial assistance to participate in their transformative programs.
Little Wish Foundation – #LittleWishFnd
Little Wish Foundation’s mission is to serve pediatric oncology patients by providing a little wish that brings hope, comfort and joy. They work with hospitals that treat pediatric cancer patients to grant wishes to seriously ill children. The wishes they grant are, as their name implies, modest – most cost between $500 and $1,000. The wishes may be small, but the impact on the children’s lives is immeasurable. These wishes help the children to focus on something happy and positive. To a child undergoing difficult cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation, having a video game to play, a new pet, a Lego set, or a doll to hold can truly change their experience. Little Wish Foundation has granted over 800 wishes to children in six states. As long as there are children with cancer who have a wish, they will seek to grant each and every one.
Nine13sports – #KidsRidingBikes
Nine13sports® is a 501c3 non-profit organization that promotes health, wellness, and exercise for local youth between the ages of 5 and 18 through their Kids Riding Bikes® programs. They have created a unique initiative in which they have integrated the traditional bicycle with technology to provide a turnkey product for youth programs, schools, and other community organizations. In addition to individual betterment of health and fitness, their programs promote community, teamwork, and mutual respect for one another designed to foster a lasting impact.
Our Military Kids – #VoteOMK
We’ve all heard it: Activity Combats Stress. But what about the stress of a child – a child whose military mom or dad is away for months at a time, serving in a scary place? Or what about the children anxiously watching their parents struggle with battle wounds, like PTSD, that they can’t even see? Our Military Kids is all about these kids. For 12 years, donors have helped these kids participate in baseball, gymnastics and camp, not to mention music, arts or tutoring. Time and again, activities like these have reduced their stress, improved school performance, raised self-esteem, and even boosted the well-being of their whole family. Today, application numbers are higher than ever, but the mission at Our Military Kids remains unwavering and clear: Empower the kids who sacrifice for our country. Their parents deserve it, and they do too.
Playsmart – #Playsmart
Playsmart provides athletic and academic opportunities to America’s Youth. Their focus is on middle school-aged kids who would otherwise not have these opportunities. Playsmart’s team of coaches and educators are in a unique position to inspire and help fill in the gaps of this challenging age by empowering students to be engaged beyond the field or court. Students are recommended by the school principals to attend Playsmart Academies held annually during summer months throughout the United States. Playsmart Academies are about the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, life skills, and encouraging students to become leaders in their schools and communities.
Project Fit America – #fitamerica
Project Fit America is a national non-profit organization that creates and implements exemplary fitness in education programs in elementary and middle schools. Under this umbrella, they address self-esteem, fitness and exercise as fun, understanding the body as well as leadership, sportsmanship and character development. Their core goal is to reverse the lack of fitness in youth by giving teachers the tools they need to teach children to take responsibility for their health and embrace healthy lifestyle choices with enthusiasm. Their mission is to get kids fit and to create sustainable school-based fitness programs that assure every child will find something they are very good at, therefore, inspiring them to participate in more fitness activities. They create opportunities for all kids of all skill levels and abilities to discover, explore, improve and be recognized for their physical, mental and fitness efforts and performance. Working with over 1,000 schools in over 300 cities and for 46 states, Project Fit America has learned it is true…if you build it, they will come!
The BASE – #VoteTheBASE
The BASE was founded in 2013 to shift the national mindset about what it takes for urban Black and Latino youth to succeed. We believe in acting our way into a new way of thinking – not thinking our way into a new way of acting – and envision a world in which urban youth are recognized as our nation’s greatest untapped asset. At its core, the BASE methodology is rooted in the values of excellence, resilience, respect and the belief in what’s possible.
The Fit Kids Foundation – #VoteForFitKids
Fit Kids’ mission is to promote a healthy, active lifestyle among children in underserved communities through a high quality youth fitness and nutritional education program. By providing the science-based youth fitness curriculum at no cost, they offer increased opportunities for physical activity and inspire an early love of sports and fitness that will serve as the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. At Fit Kids, they aim to allow children in underserved communities have the opportunity to experience the wide range of benefits from participating in physical exercise, making healthy food choices, and developing strong character values. It is their goal to expand programs into 25 new underserved communities and continue running 25 existing programs to serve more than a total of 8,000 at-risk children within the next year. They aim to make fitness fun and engaging for at-risk children with the vision of expanding their programs into new communities so that more children have the opportunity to live and happier and healthier lifestyle.
So, save the date, THIS THURSDAY, February 9th from 1-2 p.m. EST and tweet to us @lidsfoundation!