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Metzger Elementary, golf group receive grants from Nike

The organizations receive funds through Nike Community Impact Fund


Nike, Inc. and the newly renamed Nike Community Impact Fund recently announced the newest round of grant recipients, which included two recipients from Tigard.

Aligned with the goal of collaborating with local organizations to create strong active communities, 28 nonprofit organizations and schools in the greater Portland area and Southwest Washington have been awarded $300,000 to support projects that get kids active and enjoying physical education, sports and play.

“We know that active kids have better academic performance, better behavior, better health and better lives. Active adults not only enjoy better health and quality of life, but pass along the values of physical activity to their children,” said Kathy Webb, Nike’s Community Impact Manager. “Each of these 28 projects is dedicated to improving the health and vitality of our kids and communities — particularly ones where there are barriers to activity. We’re proud to support the important work that these organizations are doing in our own community.”

Formerly titled the Nike Employee Grant Fund, the Nike Community Impact Fund has, since its launch in 2010, provided more than 275 grants to area organizations and schools, totaling over $3 million and serving more than 646,000 community members.

Applications for the next round of funding in Oregon and Southwest Washington are due Dec, 1, with $250,000 in cash grants being offered to nonprofits and schools in the greater Portland area (Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill and Columbia counties in Oregon, and Clark county in Southwest Washington).

Grants are one-year awards totaling between $5,000 and $20,000 each. These grant awards primarily support organizations and projects that promote physical activity, play and sports, with some of the grants awarded to support organizations and projects that address community challenges through innovative community-based solutions.

Applications should be submitted online at oregoncf.org/nike.

Tigard organizations that received funds in this most recent round of grants are:

Metzger Elementary School — It offers a high energy, after school music program with opportunities to perform in the community.

Mobility Impaired Golf Association — It makes the sport of golf accessible to children and young adults with disabilities by reducing barriers and achieving measures of rehabilitation and positive mental health.

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