FUNd2PLAY is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization. Our purpose is simple; we endeavor to help qualifying families that are financially distressed by FUNding their children's participation into youth athletics.
This mission to help vulnerable families and to help get underprivileged kids in the game is an important and passionate issue that needs champions and advocates.
This charity is the result of over 32 years of youth athletics experience by our President. This is a need that he is shining a light on and reminds people all the time that it is not the kids fault that sports cost so much these days, but to turn a child away because of money is not acceptable.
Yes, today's youth sports are getting so expensive that kids from lower income families cannot afford to have their kids participate.
For example, let's use a generic sport: Cleats/Shoes, Uniforms, registration, equipment, special padding, bat, batting gloves, baseball/softball glove, practice pants and shirt, lacrosse stick, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves, practice equipment, ladders, cones, nets, shin pads not to mention all the different balls; baseballs, softballs, footballs, lacrosse balls the list goes on.
All of it cost money, the next time you are in a sporting goods store take a peek and you will see for yourself and imagine the cost just to put a kid on the field.
FUNd2PLAY made a significant change to how this process is handled in youth sports. No longer do parents have to show a team their personal financial situation.
They can now apply discreetly online through FUNd2PLAY, and we begin the qualification process. It is secure and private.
We confirm if the family is on any assistance program, we then confirm registration with the team/league that they are applying to have their kid participate with, then we pay directly to the team/league for that child to participate.
Sponsorship and direct personal donations go directly towards getting the kids playing and participating in youth athletics.
The FUNding goes directly to Registration costs, Uniform costs and Equipment if necessary. Every league/team has a registration cost, followed by uniform cost which to teams is an out-of-pocket expense to them until they recoup it. Equipment really depends on if the team does any equipment rentals.
No, that really isn't how it works. However, we do post on our social media pictures of kids that have benefited through FUNd2PLAY usually in uniform. That is our preference.
The parents of those children are in total control of that. The parents have to sign a waiver that allows us to post pictures of their kids and only if they agree to it. It is not mandatory. So, if the parent wants to keep it private, they can.
You can donate directly through this website. On the Home page scroll down and click the blue "DONATE" button. You have a choice between using a PayPal service or to use a debit or credit card. It uses security protection, so your information stays secure.
To be a sponsor, review the Sponsorship Level Chart (just below) and decide which level you can commit to, and you can donate the amount using the donate button or you can mail your contact information and donation paid to the order of FUNd2PLAY, Inc.
Address the payment to:
1731 Fiddlers Ridge Dr
Fleming Island, Fl. 32003
Any questions: email Michael@fund2play.com
Or call: 727-288-6802
FUNd2PLAY IS A NON-PROFIT CHARITY, FOUNDED ON THE BELIEF THAT ALL KIDS SHOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUTH ATHLETICS.
ACTIVE IN OUR COMMUNITY: Assisting qualifying families by ensuring that their children are able to participate in community athletics. All children should have the opportunity to participate and experience the possibilities that youth athletics provide.
PENDING DEVELOPMENT: Assisting youth programs that are struggling to be present in their communities due to the rising expenses of maintaining their program. Coordinated efforts throughout our communities as a whole can help and we intend to do just that.
PENDING DEVELOPMENT: It is our belief that we should recognize and/or award kids for their hard work in the classroom while they are participating in youth athletics. Children maintaining a qualifying GPA throughout the sports year is one surefire way to show them that hard work has its rewards.