Fields & Futures Foundation

The Future Plays Here

aka Fields & Futures   |   Edmond, OK   |  fieldsandfutures.org

Mission

We help kids realize their purpose and potential by building and maintaining athletic fields across Oklahoma’s largest school district. After connecting the dots between the poor conditions of many Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) athletic fields and the district’s below-national-average rates for sports participation and graduation, Fields & Futures was created in 2012 with a singular aspiration: To put more OKCPS students on the path to graduation by constructing state-of-the-art athletic fields and creating a district-wide culture of sports participation. But we quickly realized we’re not just building fields – we’re building character, pride, and hope. That’s why we promise to maintain everything we build for generations to come. Because THE FUTURE PLAYS HERE!

Ruling year info

2014

Chairman and President

Mr. Tim McLaughlin

Main address

7001 NW 164th St.

Edmond, OK 73013 USA

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EIN

46-4569055

NTEE code info

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Sports Training Facilities (N40)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

With approximately 45,000 students and a network of 76 schools covering 135.5 square miles in the center of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Public Schools is Oklahoma’s largest school district. Despite these impressive numbers, the district’s rates for sports participation and graduation were below national averages in 2012. We believe that when students find a team, they find the classroom. And when they commit to the classroom, they put themselves on a better path to graduation and life beyond high school. Can a quality, maintained athletic field put all that in motion? We say yes!

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?

BUILD

To date, we have completed 65 athletic facility improvement projects for Oklahoma City Public Schools at 18 different secondary school campuses.

These improvement projects include the construction or enhancement of 16 football/soccer fields, 11 softball fields, 8 baseball fields, 14 futsal courts, 9 basketball courts, and 7 asphalt tracks.

Thanks to the collective efforts of our supporters and construction partners, our field projects have created efficiencies, earned the trust of the district, and gained the support of the greater Oklahoma City community.

Today, OKCPS and other local organizations are joining in and making significant contributions to the district’s athletic infrastructure.

Whether we are leading the construction of a new high school softball facility or advising on the installation of a multi-purpose community sports court, the momentum we’ve generated keeps us at the forefront of the athletic and academic renaissance taking place in OKCPS.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Dropouts
Low-income people
Immigrants and migrants

Field construction has never been the only chapter in the Fields & Futures story. From day one, we made the commitment to ensure every field we build lasts forever.

That’s why we set aside funding with every project to pay for ongoing field maintenance. But, as our projects have grown in number, so has the cost of maintenance.

Thanks to recent advancements in construction materials and planning, we are now able to build sustainable playing surfaces that require less upkeep. We have also established a $10,000,000 field maintenance fund that will cover maintenance costs for generations to come.

Never will a field we build fall back into disrepair.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Immigrants and migrants
Dropouts
Low-income people
Children

We believe every child has the potential to change the world. But they must first believe in themselves.

Our responsibility is to inspire hope and confidence throughout Oklahoma City Public Schools by showing kids they are capable of rising above their circumstances.

Where there was once a lack of access or interest, a new field creates opportunities for programs and community events that introduce students to the life-changing impact of sports. And when kids have access to sports and are able to join a team, the outcomes are staggering.

They find acceptance and mentorship. They discover purpose. They develop work ethic and self-confidence. They spend more time in class and less time in trouble. They plan for the future. And they graduate.

But sometimes it takes more than just a quality athletic field to draw a student to a sport.

With the help of our passionate supporters and community partners, we have developed outreach programs that remove financial barriers and introduce students to team sports they might otherwise overlook.

– Simon Greiner Track & Field Program –
The Simon Greiner Track & Field Program partners with OKCPS high school track & field programs to provide students with the tools they need to be competitive at running sports. These tools include running shoes and apparel, quality coaching and training environments, and entry into competitive meets.

– OKCPS Cheer Clinic –
An organized cheer team that provides team support, fan engagement, and school spirit is one of the hallmarks of a school’s athletics program. But due to the costs associated with gear, equipment, uniforms, transportation, and training camps, many OKCPS students do not see cheerleading as a viable team sport option.

To make the sport more accessible, Fields & Futures has organized an annual cheer clinic for OKCPS middle school and high school students. The free clinic provides practice gear and apparel, access to a fully-equipped training facility, and instruction from experienced high school and college cheerleaders.

– OKCPS Athletics Spring Awards Banquet –
Being recognized in front of their teammates and fellow athletes for their hard work and dedication on and off the field is one of the biggest motivators for kids to join team sports.

Each year, we underwrite and organize the OKCPS Athletics Spring Awards Banquet, a formal event that brings together OKCPS Athletics and community partners to lift up and celebrate the district’s exceptional student-athletes, coaches, and teams for their accomplishments on the field, in the classroom, and in their communities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

For many kids in Oklahoma City Public Schools, a coach may be the most important person in their lives. Fortunately, we are seeing our efforts to build up and support OKCPS Athletics bring more than just athletes into the huddle.

With increased access to quality facilities and equipment and a louder voice at the administrative level, the district is successfully attracting and retaining quality coaches with a passion for winning AND making a difference in the lives of their student-athletes.

As an organization, we greatly value our investment in coaching and have committed to providing programs that distribute resources and information to the district’s 265+ coaches.

Since 2013, we have underwritten and organized three coaching clinics per year, covering fall, winter, and spring sports. Outside of skilled clinicians teaching advanced lessons to coaches, the coaching clinics provide a platform for community partners and agencies to participate in breakout sessions to share critical information not always accessible on the coaches' respective campuses.

These successful efforts to reduce the turnover rate for coaching positions proves what we’ve always known - empowered coaches empower kids.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

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.

Number of student-athletes served annually

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

Adolescents, Children

Related Program

INSPIRE

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of school sports teams served annually

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

Adolescents, Children

Related Program

INSPIRE

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of coaches and team staff served annually

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

Teachers, Adults

Related Program

EMPOWER

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Since our inception in 2012, our primary objective has been to increase the collective sports participation rate across OKCPS middle schools and high schools to meet or exceed the national average of 40-50% participation in public school districts.

At that time, only 20% of OKCPS middle school and high school students (approximately 2,500 students) participated in interscholastic sports. By OKCPS enrollment numbers for the 2018-2019 school year, our goal is to put 7,500 kids on a team.

During our analysis of the systematic challenges preventing higher participation in school athletics, we realized students, coaches, and neighborhoods didn't have access to safe places to play. In many circumstances, there were no fields at all.

Knowing that sports are a proven motivator in the classroom and that student-athletes attend more days of school, have improved GPAs, and higher graduation rates, we chose quality, maintained fields as our pathway to put more kids on a better path to graduation and, in turn, success after high school.

While our efforts are helping the OKCPS community build a strong and proud sports culture, we still have more work to do to ensure future generations of student-athletes have access to quality, maintained athletic fields.

From the beginning, we identified six key factors we believed would contribute to our organization’s ability to affect change. Today, our continued impact on the schools, students, and communities of OKCPS is a direct result of our ongoing commitment to these strategies.

1.) Prove to OKCPS and their communities that we build quality athletic fields.

2.) Take on the financial and logistical responsibilities of continued, comprehensive field maintenance to ensure the fields we build never fall back into disrepair.

3.) Show our donors and supporters that we are good stewards of their financial and time investments by fulfilling expectations and leading positive social change.

4. )Be an ally and advocate for OKCPS on and off the athletic field.

5.) Build a strong relationship with community partners and organizations that share our mission of changing lives through sports.

6.) Attract and retain quality coaches by supporting, celebrating, and training the men and women that lead OKCPS student-athletes on and off the field.

We have cultivated an all-star team of experienced professionals who share a passion for sports and community betterment. Together, we have the strength and agility to address and manage the organization’s complex program, development, and governance needs.

Additionally, Fields & Futures is a unique organization for the fact that all of our administrative overhead is funded through two restricted grants. This means 100% of collected donations go to specified programs, field projects, and community development initiatives.

As of February 2022, we have completed 35 sports fields at 18 middle school and high school campuses across OKCPS.

In addition to sports fields, we've also installed 7 middle school asphalt tracks, 14 futsal courts, 9 basketball courts, and 9 outdoor classrooms.

Looking ahead, we will continue our work with OKCPS and its communities to identify new opportunities for field construction and renovations. And, as always, we are committed to providing ongoing, comprehensive maintenance on every field we build.

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?

    Students, student-athletes, parents, teachers, coaches, adjunct coaches, school athletic directors, principals, guidance counselors, social workers, school district administration, school board members, local employers, school alumni, higher education leaders, local civic leaders, community police officers, education completion specialists, etc...

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

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

    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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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

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Fields & Futures Foundation

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Tim McLaughlin

Self Employed, Investor

Term: 2012 - 2023

Tim McLaughlin

Square Deal Capital

Jeff Segell

Classen Tag Agency

David Griffin

Griffin Communications

Don Greiner

Bridges Rehabilitation

Tom Carlson

Core Business Advisors

Board leadership practices

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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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/03/2022

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/03/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.