LEAGUE OF DREAMS INC

Every Child Should Have A Chance To Play!

Bakersfield, CA   |  www.ourleagueofdreams.com

Mission

The mission of the League of Dreams is to give every child a chance to play by providing sports training, team camaraderie and competitive sporting opportunities for athletes with disabilities.

League of Dreams serves all of Kern County.

Notes from the nonprofit

The League of Dreams is the only organization of its kind in Kern County. We believe every child should have a chance to play therefore we work to make the organization known by the community so athletes and volunteers are able to participate. We are happy to discuss the organization further with any potential sponsors, donors, families or volunteers that may have an interest in the League of Dreams!

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Mrs. Jessica M Mathews

Main address

7737 Meany Ave Suite B5

Bakersfield, CA 93308 USA

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EIN

20-2495631

NTEE code info

Amateur Sports Clubs, Leagues, N.E.C. (N60)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many times children with disabilities are overlooked not only in social settings, but also in physical activities. These athletes are typically not given a chance to participate in team sports because of their disability, but at the League of Dreams athletes are seen for their ability, not their disability! Athletes are given a chance to be a part of a team, to socialize with other kids just like them and to be treated like any other kid. Games and rules are modified to fit each group of athletes and allows them to play ball just like everyone else!

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Basketball

Basketball is our fall sports program and runs 9 weeks including a season kick off and Opening Ceremonies. Athletes go through a tryout for placement purposes and then are placed on teams based on age and ability level. Athletes that need additional help are assigned and angel volunteer (athlete assistant) whom helps the athlete participate whether pushing the athlete in the wheel chair, holding the athletes hand or by be a personal cheer leader for encouragement and support.
Athletes and volunteers receive a uniform.
Athletes also receive pictures and a trophy at the end of the season

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

Bowling is our summer sports program and runs 6 weeks. Athletes are placed on teams based on age and ability level. Athletes that need additional help are assigned and angel volunteer (athlete assistant) whom helps the athlete participate whether pushing the athlete in the wheel chair, holding the athletes hand or by be a personal cheer leader for encouragement and support.
Athletes and volunteers receive a uniform.
Athletes also receive pictures and a medal at the end of the season.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

Baseball is our spring sports program and runs 9 weeks including a season kick off and Opening Ceremonies. Athletes go through a tryout for placement purposes and then are placed on teams based on age and ability level. Athletes that need additional help are assigned and angel volunteer (athlete assistant) whom helps the athlete participate whether pushing the athlete in the wheel chair, holding the athletes hand or by be a personal cheer leader for encouragement and support.
Athletes and volunteers receive a uniform.
Athletes also receive pictures and a trophy at the end of the season.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

ADAPTIdance is the only dance program for athletes with physical and developmental disabilities in Kern County. This program teaches athletes techniques to participate and perform dance for all ability levels. This is a 6 week program with a live performance at the local theater with other dance companies. Out of ADAPTIdance we have created a performing group that first performed at the League of Dreams 2020 Gala.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

The fencing program was started in 2020 in partnership with Kern Athletic Fencing Foundation. The fundamentals of fencing are taught by an instructor and athletes have volunteers (angels) to help them with instruction. The program is 5 weeks and offered twice a year. Athletes also receive a year long US Fencing membership.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

The virtual karate program started in 2020 when in-person programming was cancelled due to COVID-19. We wanted to continue to serve our athletes with things they could do at home and found 1World Martial Arts based in Texas. We offer 2 sessions of virtual karate each year that can be done anywhere athletes have a computer and WiFi. Athletes development and expand their martial arts skills with this 10-week program. Athletes receive a Gi and their belt, and are able to test to move up in levels.

Population(s) Served

Our gymnastics program is in partnership with American Kids Sports Center. This 8 week program allows athletes to explore the world of gymnastics and learn/expand their skills to move up in levels of knowledge. Athletes are placed in classes based on age and ability level.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adolescents
Children
Young adults
People with disabilities
Adolescents
Children
Young adults

Where we work

Awards

All American City Tradition, Civic/ Non- profit 2008

Beautiful Bakersfield

3rd Annual Baseball Kick off 2009

California Legislature Assembly

Recognition of the 7th Annual Baseball Opening Day 2013

California State Legislature

Recognition of 2017 Baseball Season 2017

CA State Assembly

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, People with disabilities, Adolescents, Children, Preteens

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These numbers reflect the number of registrations received (combined for all programs). Note: COVID-19 has had an effect on participation for 2020 and 2021.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These are combined numbers from all programs and events for each year. Note: COVID-19 has impacted our programs and participants.

Average grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

amount of donation dollars

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Cash donations

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Recruit more team coaches who understand the population we serve, are familiar with League of Dreams and who are reliable
2. Continue to diversify our funding outreach to companies that other nonprofits may not be reaching / companies that focus on sports / special needs
3. Look at events to ensure they are unique (do not compete with other nonprofit events) and give us the biggest bang for our time
4. Strengthen the partnerships with local Parks & Recreation Departments to see what they can do for League of Dreams
5. Restructure our Divisions to possibly create more teams and recruit athletes to fill those teams
6. Research and possibly add additional programs / services for our athletes and the possibility of adding League of Dreams in other cities

Recruit more team coaches who understand the population we serve, are familiar with LOD and who are reliable
Create an ad-hoc committee of parents / coaches to help develop strategies for this priority
Approach Special Education programs to see if we can get coaches
Ask current coaches to consider coaching more teams and/or help recruit other coaches from the community
Continue to diversify our funding outreach to companies that other nonprofits may not be reaching / companies that focus on sports / special needs
Create a LOD Fundraising Committee to help raise non-event funds
Develop a priority target list of individuals / companies / grants that have a connection to LOD’s mission / parents
Increase sponsorships for existing events – the more sponsors we generate for events the less we have to worry about attendance at those events
More help with Give Big Kern in May
Research a professional fundraiser down the road to see cost benefit of doing this
Look at events to ensure they are unique (do not compete with other nonprofit events) and give us the biggest bang for our time
Board agreed that we should enhance our current events as they are successful
Autism on the Run is a challenge in terms of raising enough sponsorships, staff time it takes, etc.
Prince & Princess Ball / Dance that would include our athletes
Adult Easter Egg Hunt fundraiser?
Strengthen the partnerships with local Parks & Recreation Departments to see what they can do for LOD
Restructure our Divisions to possibly create more teams and recruit athletes to fill those teams
Create an ad-hoc committee to research this and make recommendations to the board for consideration
Research and possibly add additional programs / services for our athletes
Expand the ages that we serve to accommodate our older athletes (e.g. up to age 25)
See if we want to add another sport (e.g. Fencing)

The League of Dreams board of directors are diverse and have many contacts throughout the community. Utilizing these contacts will help develop and expand the League of Dreams programs into the areas in which we want to grow.

The League of Dreams Board and staff have been hard at work even with the effects of COVID 19.
We formed several subcommittees to work on necessary items that included alternative programming (some which will continue), future precautions and safety measures. In 2021, the nominating committee filled the 3 vacancies on the board.

The League added 4 new programs (fencing, karate, yoga, gymnastics) and 1 program transitioned to virtual for the time being. The van that was purchased with the help of a community grant is being used to transport equipment and necessary items to and from events and programs. It is a moving marketing structure that can be seen at events and around town.

We are continuing to build programs by strengthening our fundraisers and relationships with partners. In 2021, we significantly increased funding by adding new events and strengthening continuing events.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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LEAGUE OF DREAMS INC

Board of directors
as of 1/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Jim Luff

Aurora Payment Systems

Term: 2020 - 2022

Jenee Sakamoto

TERRIO KIDS

Wendi Wanner

Occupational Therapist

Jim Luff

Aurora Payment Systems

Tara Tobin

Willams Adams CPAs

Tabatha Mills

Bakersfield City School District

Carlos Betancourt

Castle & Cooke

Steve Sanders

Kern County Superintendent of Schools

Darlene Denison

Darlene Denison, State Farm

Susan Lara

Parent

Greg Frank

Skarphol Frank & Associates

Sarah Kania

Physical Therapist, Adventist Health

Joshlynn Sumrall

Castle & Cooke

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/07/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/08/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.