The Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation donated $14,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro to create sustained sports and fitness activities across the organization's six club sites. The gift is dedicated to enhance the clubs' efforts to engage youth in the development of lifelong healthy habits.

Clubs benefiting from the grant include the Wattles Club in the Lents neighborhood; The Meyer Club in the Sellwood neighborhood; the Blazers Club in the King neighborhood; the Regence Club in the New Columbia neighborhood; the Inukai Family Club in Hillsboro; and the Jack Will & Rob Club in Camas, Washington.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland focus on providing affordable, high-quality after-school and summer programs available to all youth, especially those most in need. Programs are designed to help youth ages 6 to 18 develop the qualities they need to become responsible, contributing citizens within their communities. Portland Club programs serve about 13,000 youth annually, charging a nominal $5 a year membership fee and providing scholarships for any child in need.

Nike, whose World Headquarters campus is located at Murray Boulevard and Jenkins Road adjacent to Beaverton, recently announced that grants totaling $250,000 were distributed to 25 local nonprofits and schools through the Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation's latest funding cycle.

The grant fund supports projects that encourage physical activity in meaningful ways, especially those that create early positive experiences for children through physical education, sports and play. Since its launch in 2010, the fund has provided nearly 200 grants to organizations and schools.

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