SPORTS GAMES FOR KIDS

The game may last a few hours, but the memories last a lifetime.

aka Reds Games for Kids   |   Cincinnati, OH   |  www.rgfk.org

Mission

The mission of Sports Games for Kids is to share the joy of professional and collegiate sporting events with children facing hardships in their young lives such as abuse, neglect, loss of, or separation from, their parents, poverty and physical or mental health conditions. We hope to bring these kids an all expenses paid day of fun at the ballpark/stadium, which they may otherwise never experience as a child.

Ruling year info

2015

President

Tom R Grabo

Main address

3610 Woodsong Dr

Cincinnati, OH 45251 USA

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EIN

47-3616507

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Looking back at our childhoods, most of us have a fond memory of walking into a stadium, holding an adult's hand, the roar of the crowd, the smell of concession foods, and the feeling of excitement. Sports not only help us build character and grow, they are a treasured past time for many in our communities. Unfortunately, many children growing up may not have an opportunity to create this special memory with those they love. Families struggling with poverty, families paying enormous medical bills, or foster parents caring for children may not be able to afford these expensive events (recent studies show that an average MLB game costs over $250 for a family of 4). We feel it is important that every child deserves to have a day to be a kid, and create a lasting memory with their family or guardians, regardless of their situation. By providing an all expenses paid trip, we can create wonderful memories for these kids.

Our programs

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

Sports Games for Kids

This division focuses solely on bringing kids to games. Souvenir t-shirts and snacks are provided. Efforts are made to enhance the kids experience by providing a true fan experience, teaching the children songs and cheers, and buying food and drink during the game.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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

Number of free participants on field trips

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Sports Games for Kids

Context Notes

This is the number of tickets provided for children and their chaperones for sporting events throughout the year.

Maximum number of participants allowed on field trips

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This is the maximum number of tickets purchased for any single event.

Average price of field trip tickets

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Context Notes

These prices reflect ticket prices only, not the total price to bring a child to the game.

Total number of fields trips

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Sports Games for Kids

Context Notes

Group size varies, though average group size is approximately 50 people.

Number of public events held to further mission

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Context Notes

This is the number of fundraisers held each year. This includes fundraisers coordinated by Sports Games for Kids or by an outside organization benefitting Sports Games for Kids.

Average number of dollars per person served

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Context Notes

We have managed to gradually decrease costs by partnering with new vendors.

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.

To bring happiness to children who are facing such adversity in their young lives. By partnering with local children's organizations such as homeless shelters, hospitals, foster care programs, and others, we find kids who need a fun day at the stadium with their family.

The raising of funds is accomplished by tireless work from unpaid volunteers and board members. By working purely as volunteers and receiving no compensation, we ensure that nearly all funds collected are used exclusively on enhancing the children's experience and bringing more children to games each year. By contacting local children's homes, foster care programs, children's hospitals and other child care organizations we attempt to find children who have been neglected or abused, separated from their parents, children living in poverty and children who live with physical or mental health disorders. Volunteers and board members attend the games to distribute snacks, souvenirs and to teach the children about the game and the team.

Games are scheduled only as funds become available, while maintaining a minimal amount for unforeseen needs. When each game is scheduled, special care is taken to ensure that members or volunteers are available for the game. Through networking with child care services in the Cincinnati area, we are able to find children who fit the mission of Sports Games for Kids quickly for games.

We have been very successful in expanding our charity's work in many ways. Our first, and most important is the number of children we have brought to sporting events. In 2017 we were able to provide over 450 tickets for children in need! Another way we have been successful in 2017 is by working with new organizations to find kids who would most benefit from our program.

Financials

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Operations

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SPORTS GAMES FOR KIDS

Board of directors
as of 7/8/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jen Pennington


Board co-chair

Kari Maue

Amanda Correll

Stevie Sharp

Jaime Lay

Tim Harris

Tina Harris

Jeremy Miller

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No