BRIDGE II SPORTS

Find the Player Within

Durham, NC   |  www.bridge2sports.org

Mission

Bridge II Sports recognizes the value and potential of all lives. Disability does not define people or outcomes. Our Vision: By creating opportunities Bridge II Sports develops a culture of empowerment that fosters respect for all abilities and has a life changing impact on all humanity. Our Mission: Bridge II Sports educates, develops and implements opportunities for youth, adults and Veterans with physical disabilities to play individual, team and recreational sports, finding the player within.

Notes from the nonprofit

Bridge II Sports believes that disability does not define outcomes, opportunities do. We are changing the perception of disability, one game at a time.

Ruling year info

2007

Founder and Executive Director

Ashley Thomas

Main address

3729 Murphey School Road

Durham, NC 27705 USA

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EIN

20-8577055

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (N01)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Bridge II Sports creates life-changing opportunities for people with physical disabilities and challenges perceptions through the power of adapted sports. Our organization provides a range of adapted sports programs year-round and countless events including the EveryBODYPlaysNC school program and Valor Games Southeast. BIIS is impacting the lives of children, adults and Veterans with disabilities and proving that disability does not define outcomes.

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?

Adapted Sports for multiple Disabilities

BIIS serves a variety of physical disabilities through adapted sports to promote health for life.

Population(s) Served
People with physical disabilities
Veterans

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total dollars received in contributions

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

People with physical disabilities, Veterans

Related Program

Adapted Sports for multiple Disabilities

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of volunteers

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

People with physical disabilities, Veterans

Related Program

Adapted Sports for multiple Disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Hours of volunteer service

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

People with physical disabilities, Veterans

Related Program

Adapted Sports for multiple Disabilities

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of athletes participating in adapted sports programs

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

Veterans, People with physical disabilities

Related Program

Adapted Sports for multiple Disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of students impacted by EveryBODYPlaysNC program

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

People with hearing impairments, People with learning disabilities, People with other disabilities, People with physical disabilities, People with vision impairments

Related Program

Adapted Sports for multiple Disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

Bridge II Sports

Core Values and Brand Promises:
1) We treat all people with integrity as whole individuals and with deep respect.
2) We respect where each athlete is in their process of healing and growth. Yet we also see what they cannot – that is, their true potential as a human being to be successful in life on their own terms. In this light, we help each athlete create a path to achieve beyond where they are now, in integrity with themselves, however that looks. Adaption allows for this integrity within competition.
4) We require accountability – for actions; for finances; for programs. Every action is deliberate and aimed at a specific outcome.
5) We strive to raise awareness in every action, uncovering the abilities and potential of every person.

Everything we do creates positive change towards a more inclusive world.

Athletic programs, practices, and competitions are not our end game. They are only tools for accomplishing our desired outcomes.

Independence, deep respect for self and others, confidence and accountability are the desired outcomes we seek for every athlete, parent, volunteer, staff member, donor, sponsor, board member and fan touched by BIIS.

BIIS employs high levels of adaptability in reaching its desired goals and outcomes with an unflagging commitment to the highest standards of performance.

Brand Promises
1) If one athlete shows up, we play.
2) Clear consistent and timely communication to the board, staff, athletes, sponsors, volunteers, and donors.
3) Consistent follow through to create the highest level of impact and alignment with the BIIS vision.
4) We provide the highest level of fiduciary accountability to funders, the BIIS Board of Directors, staff members and athletes.
5) We execute and deliver programs and events that enable life changing experiences and a growing positive impact on lives that can be sustained.

Our programs and events are the key to our success in accomplishing our mission. Our strategic objectives are as follows:

1) Hire competent staff
2) Build our programs and attract new participants
3) Secure funding via grants and legislation to support our programs
4) Increase our donor base - business/corporate sponsors, foundations and individuals
5) Grow our board and committees to support our staff

Our guiding principles are as follows:

1) We are about people development. Sport is a tool that is used to build: Confidence, self-control,
independence, expectation of ability. (Don’t see yourself as disabled, even if you have a
disability).
2) Each person is an individual; each disability is different. We must respect those differences and
work with each person as an individual.
3) As experts, we create safety for those at risk to try.
4) There is a sport for everyone, we provide the space to enjoy the journey of discovery.
5) We are a community where everyone belongs.

We are fortunate to have highly competent staff and board who represent the diversity of the people we serve. Our staff have goals and objectives respective to their area of expertise and the Founder/CEO, CFO, staff, Board and committees work together to achieve the goals of our organization.

Bridge II Sports is an inclusive organization. We find the "Yes" for everyone to be able to participate and work toward achieving the maximum potential for all of our participants. Collaboration, camaraderie, trust, character, integrity are all part of our program - again, sport is the tool to build the confidence and independence needed for our participants to be a productive members of society.

Our organization strives to provide outstanding programs, services and events for the community we serve by recruiting and retaining highly effective and motivated talent on our staff, Board, and leadership team. Throughout the year, we engage our Board and staff in strategic planning as well as organization leadership and development initiatives to strengthen their value and input. Financial stability is key to our success as we move toward expansion and growth of the facilities and services we provide in the next 3-5 years. Our staff and Board members are diverse and represent the values of the community where we live, work and serve in order to be effective. Our volunteers help our organization serve the needs of our disabled veterans, youth and adults, and learn the value of diversity in the workplace as well as the community. We strive to reach our targets annually and look forward to continued growth and success! Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, we utilized all available funding resources to keep us alive and growing!

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve youth, adults and Veterans living with physical disabilities.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email, Zoom meetings,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand how we can better serve our participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We developed COVID-19 policies and protocols to serve our participants so that they felt comfortable participating in our adapted sports programs. As a result of the surveys and policies, we actually grew during the pandemic once federal, state and local guidelines were expanded. We also had weekly check-in's through zoom meetings to make sure our participants felt part of our community.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Without our participants, we wouldn't exist. It is important that we hear their needs and fully meet them so that they are served properly and participate as healthy individuals in their communities. They feel empowered and we want them to be empowered.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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

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BRIDGE II SPORTS

Board of directors
as of 4/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Flynt

First Horizon

Term: 2021 - 2024

Tim Yull

MetLife

Louise Brunson

Lawyer

Cassie Barnett

Lonnie Smith

Ruth Anderson

Legal Shield

Tim Harrell

Van Products

Woody Woodward

Retired

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 04/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/09/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.