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Indianapolis, IN – June 20, 2017 – Nine13sports has announced an expansion of their nationally recognized Kids Riding Bikes youth program by adding a Central Indiana operations team in partnership with LIDS. This increase in programming capacity is an expansion of the ongoing partnership with LIDS and the LIDS Foundation that began in 2013.

“LIDS and Lids Foundation have been such incredible partners, and to now have a Kids Riding Bikes team powered exclusively by LIDS is an exciting moment in our history,” said Nine13sports Chief Executive Officer Tom Hanley. “Thousands of youth will benefit from this partnership, and we approach this as the next step to shaping the lives of youth through the power of the bicycle not only here in Central Indiana, but across the country.”

The Kids Riding Bikes powered by LIDS team will serve 10,000 kids in Indiana over the next twelve months. Additionally, this expansion will include on-site programming and community days in partnership with LIDS stores across the U.S.
“As we continue to connect marketing with the impact of corporate social responsibility, these community days will utilize our programming to bring together LIDS patrons and staff in a unique way,” said Nine13sports Business Development Director Nathan Smurdon. “This fun environment will allow people to experience how Nine13sports demonstrates that the bicycle is the ultimate equalizer.”

“Our partnership with Nine13sports continues to align well with our corporate and philanthropic goals,” said LIDS Vice President of Marketing John DeWaal. “Nine13sports commitment to youth health and fitness is crucial for us. Leading a healthy and active lifestyle is something that is incorporated with our organization on a daily basis, and this partnership carries that culture into the community. Becoming the first exclusive partner of a Nine13sports operations team emphasizes to our employees that philanthropy is important to our company culture. It is our belief that corporate social responsibility is the cornerstone of a great brand.”

The Kids Riding Bikes powered by LIDS team will launch in early July of this year. Information on in-store events is forthcoming including dates, times, and locations.

About Nine13sports: Nine13sports® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes health, wellness, and exercise for local youth between the ages of 5 and 18 through our Kids Riding Bikes® programs. We have created a unique initiative in which we have integrated the traditional bicycle with technology to provide a turnkey product for youth programs, schools, and other community organizations. In addition to individual betterment of health and fitness, our programs promote community, teamwork, and mutual respect designed to foster a lasting impact. For additional information please visit www.nine13sports.org or contact info@nine13sports.org.

ABOUT LIDS SPORTS GROUP: The LIDS Sports Group, operating within Hat World Inc., is a leading North American omni-channel sports licensed retailer comprised of the LIDS retail headwear stores, the Locker Room by LIDS specialty fan retail chain, the Internet businesses www.lids.com, and www.lids.ca. Operating out of Zionsville, Indiana, the retail businesses make up more than 1,300 mall-based, airport, street level and factory outlet locations nationwide, and in Canada and Puerto Rico. LIDS retail stores offer officially licensed and branded headwear of collegiate teams, major professional sports teams, as well as other specialty fashion categories in the latest styles and colors. Locker Room by LIDS is a mall-based retailer of sports headwear, apparel, accessories, and novelties.

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Indianapolis, IN – June 13, 2017 – Indianapolis-based  Nine13sports  has announced a programming partnership with Indy Parks & Recreation for the summer of 2017. This marks the first partnership between the two organizations, and the first major expansion of Kids Riding Bikes summer programming since the growing Central Indiana nonprofit began working with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis in 2012.

“We are extremely excited to be able to get this partnership off the ground,” said Nine13sports CEO Tom Hanley. “We are incredibly  fortunate to have a number of community-driven and steadfast partners and Indy Parks & Recreation will fit right in as a natural addition. To have the chance to partner with another organization committed to getting kids active and making our community better really is a perfect match.”

This partnership will include Kids Riding Bikes programming at four Indy Parks & Recreation locations with hundreds of individual youth being served. It will also include one community event with over 100 additional youth being served on that day alone.

“Having Nine13sports bring their renowned Kids Riding Bikes program to us is a tremendous opportunity for the kids we work with,” said Indy Parks & Recreation Director Linda Broadfoot.  “Nine13sports has such a unique way of engaging with youth , and that is going to make them such a great addition to our summer programs. We are very much looking forward to growing this partnership as we move forward.”

Programming is slated to begin on June 26th of this year at the Christian Park Family Center and run through the end of July. For more detailed information contact the Indy Parks & Recreation office at 317-327-PARK (7275) or via email at indyparksCS@indy.gov.

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Nine13sports Wins $125,000 Grant from Lids Foundation

Nathan Wilson : April 27, 2017 10:50 am

Indianapolis, IN ─ April 27, 2017 ─ Nine13sports has announced their win in the 2017 Lids Foundation Tip the Hat Grant Contest bringing the organization the $125,000 grand prize. This will allow Nine13sports to continue to meet further demand in Central Indiana as well as bolster efforts in the new expansion city of Minneapolis, Minnesota later this year.

“The significance of winning the 2017 Tip the Hat Award cannot be overstated,” said Nine13sports CEO Tom Hanley. “To continue our long-standing partnership with The LIDS Foundation and LIDS as the 2017 Tip The Hat Award winner is humbling and extremely exciting. We have continued to work more and more with this great organization since 2014 and this win will help take an already great partnership to the next level. To be able to expand to not only meet ever growing demand here in Central Indiana, but also have The LIDS Foundation as a part of our expansion into Minneapolis is huge for our organization.”

To date, the partnership has allowed Nine13sports to serve 20 schools and serve more than 3,000 youth. This grant award will allow Nine13sports to serve an additional 10,000 youth over the next 12 months between both markets.

“Nine13sports was a finalist in the 2016 Tip the Hat grant contest and ultimately finished in third place,” said Hanley. “After going through the process once, we learned a lot. This year, my staff and I personally visited stores in 6 states to talk with their staff and called more than 300 stores across the country to connect with their employees, thank them for the work they do that helps make the Foundation thrive, and to share with them what Lids Foundation means to us. Our ground game during this process was extensive and exhausting, but it gave us a chance to help put a face to our brand as the employees went through their voting process to select the winner.”

“We couldn’t be happier to see Nine13sports win Tip the Hat to continue our partnership in 2017,” said Bailee Reynolds of Lids Foundation. “We had so many deserving organizations in this contest, and we can’t wait to see the impact they all make in 2017, especially Nine13 as our winner. With how closely our missions align we are thrilled to be able to continue this partnership in new ways.”

This award will allow to Nine13sports to continue to meet the demand for their unique bicycle based programming to students across Central Indiana, as well as helping to provide further expansion in the newest market of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minneapolis team will officially launch operations this fall serving schools and students in the local metro area.

About Nine13sports: Nine13sports® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes health, wellness, and exercise for local youth between the ages of 5 and 18 through our Kids Riding Bikes® programs.  We have created a unique initiative in which we have integrated the traditional bicycle with technology to provide a turnkey product for youth programs, schools, and other community organizations.  In addition to individual betterment of health and fitness, our programs promote community, teamwork, and mutual respect designed to foster a lasting impact. For additional information please visit www.nine13sports.org or contact info@nine13sports.org.


ABOUT LIDS FOUNDATION:
The LIDS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and the philanthropic support arm of LIDS Sports Group. The Foundation works to engage young people in the communities where LIDS Sports Group operates to become active in sports-related activities that promote healthy lifestyles as well as leadership and growth opportunities. It accomplishes its mission primarily through offering resources – be it in the manner of time, expertise, funds, or materials – to nonprofit organizations with goals and values that align with those of the LIDS Foundation.

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Indianapolis, IN ─ March 21, 2017 ─ Nine13sports has received a $300,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to expand Kids Riding Bikes program offerings in three school districts in central Indiana. This comes as Nine13sports continues to grow to meet the high demand for its innovative bicycle based education programs and services.

This grant will enable Nine13sports to bring its programs to 40 schools per year four times each over the next two years and allow for 40 community events and programs to also be served. This will include 30 IPS Schools as well as new opportunities for schools within Washington, Pike, and Lawrence townships. The estimated impact over the next two years of this partnership includes serving 20,000 individual youth as Nine13sports works to not only create a more fit and healthy generation of youth, but to build self-esteem, confidence, and an understanding of teamwork.

Nine 13 promotes health, wellness and exercise for local youth between the ages of 5 and 18 through the Kids Riding Bikes program, which it launched in 2012 in central Indiana schools and community organizations. The Kids Riding Bikes program integrates the traditional bicycle with technology and video enhancement to simulate a real-time cycling experience in a safe environment.

More than 70 percent of Nine 13’s student participants are eligible for federally subsidized free or reduced lunch programs, and many of the youth have never had the opportunity to be on a bicycle. Tom Hanley, Nine 13’s chief executive officer, calls bicycles the “great equalizer” that can put youth of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds on relatively even ground. In addition to improving participants’ health and fitness, the program is designed to promote community, teamwork and mutual respect.

“We could not be more excited for what this grant will mean for Nine13sports and the kids we are privileged to serve daily,” Hanley said. “It’s no secret we have a long waiting list of schools hoping to receive Nine13sports programming, and this will help us continue to grow and meet that demand. We are excited to utilize the opportunity this significant grant presents as a catalyst to expand in central Indiana, and to further engage the philanthropic community, as well as the corporate community, as we strive to get more Kids Riding Bikes.”

About Nine13sports: Nine13sports® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes health, wellness, and exercise for local youth between the ages of 5 and 18 through our Kids Riding Bikes® programs.  We have created a unique initiative in which we have integrated the traditional bicycle with technology to provide a turnkey product for youth programs, schools, and other community organizations.  In addition to individual betterment of health and fitness, our programs promote community, teamwork, and mutual respect designed to foster a lasting impact. For additional information please visit www.nine13sports.org or contact info@nine13sports.org.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family — J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli — through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company.  While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location.  In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

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PDF: LIDS Foundation Tip the Hat Finalists

LIDS Sports Group and LIDS Foundation to donate $300,000 total in charitable grants to top five finalists

(February 20, 2017) – The LIDS Foundation, a charitable 501(c)(3) organization and the philanthropic support arm of  LIDS Sports Group, today announces the top five finalists in this year’s 5th annual “Tip the Hat Award” grant program. The top five charities all focus on building healthy, active youth programs across the country.

Contrast to previous years, LIDS Sports Group employees will determine the ranking of the top five finalists. From Feb. 20 to Feb. 24, LIDS Sports Group will participate in an employee-only survey to help determine the order of recipients. Based on voting results, LIDS Foundation will award the following five grant amounts to finalists:

  • First place: $125,000
  • Second place: $75,000
  • Third place: $50,000
  • Fourth and fifth place: $25,000

The winning finalist will be announced and recognized at a Blue Carpet event hosted by LIDS Foundation on Tuesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. ET. The following organizations have been selected by LIDS Foundation as the 2017 “Tip the Hat Award” Finalists:

Girls on the Run International: Based in Charlotte, N.C., this non-profit’s goal is to inspire young girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. Over the course of a 10-week program, young girls are led by trained coaches through lessons designed to teach girls to be confident in who they are, respond to others and one selves with care and compassion, create positive connections with adults and their peers, develop strength of character, and make meaningful contributions to their communities. For more information, visit girlsontherun.com.

Nine13sports: Based in Indianapolis, Ind., this non-profit promotes health, wellness, and exercise for local youth between the ages of 5 and 18 through their Kids Riding Bikes® programs. The organization has created a unique initiative in which they have integrated the traditional bicycle with technology to provide a turnkey product for youth programs, schools, and other community organizations. For more information, visit nine13sports.org.

Our Military Kids: Based in McLean, Va., Our Military Kids focuses on the children of military moms and dads that might experience their own PTSD or stress. This non-profit helps ease the stress for military kids by paying for participation in sports, fine arts and tutoring programs. These activities have helped reduce stress, improve school performance, self-esteem and even boosted the well-being of children’s whole family. For more information, visit ourmilitartkids.com.

Playsmart: Based in St. Petersburg, Fla., this non-profit helps undeserved students realize their academic and life potential through sports. The organization’s focuses on middle school-aged kids who would otherwise not have these opportunities. Playsmart’s team of coaches and educators are in a unique position to inspire and help fill in the gaps of this challenging age by empowering students to be engaged beyond the field or court. For more information, visit playsmart.org.

Project Fit America: Based in Sonoma, Calif., Project Fit America is a national non-profit organization that creates and implements exemplary fitness in education programs in elementary and middle schools. The organization creates and implements exemplary fitness in education programs in elementary and middle schools. Its goal is to reverse the lack of fitness in youth by giving teachers the tools they need to teach children to take responsibility for their health and embrace healthy lifestyle choices with enthusiasm. For more information, visit projectfitamerica.org.

For more information on the LIDS Foundation, please visit www.lidsfoundation.org. For more information on LIDS Sports

Group’s stores, fan gear and sports apparel, visit www.lids.com.

ABOUT LIDS FOUNDATION
The LIDS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and the philanthropic support arm of LIDS Sports Group. The Foundation works to engage young people in the communities where LIDS Sports Group operates to become active in sports-related activities that promote healthy lifestyles as well as leadership and growth opportunities. It accomplishes its mission primarily through offering resources – be it in the manner of time, expertise, funds, or materials – to nonprofit organizations with goals and values that align with those of the LIDS Foundation.

ABOUT LIDS SPORTS GROUP

The LIDS Sports Group, operating within Hat World Inc., is a leading North American omni-channel sports licensed retailer comprised of the LIDS retail headwear stores, the Locker Room by LIDS specialty fan retail chain, the Internet businesses www.lids.com, and www.lids.ca. Operating out of Zionsville, Indiana, the retail businesses make up more than 1,300 mall-based, airport, street level and factory outlet locations nationwide, and in Canada and Puerto Rico. LIDS retail stores offer officially licensed and branded headwear of collegiate teams, major professional sports teams, as well as other specialty fashion categories in the latest styles and colors. Locker Room by LIDS is a mall-based retailer of sports headwear, apparel, accessories, and novelties which also operates under the Seattle Team Shop, Buckeye Corner, Tiger Mania, Sports Fan-Attic and Jersey City (Canada) nameplates. Locker Room by LIDS also has locations in Macy’s department stores throughout the United States. Most LIDS and Locker Room by LIDS stores offer custom embroidery capability that includes embroidered autographs of professional sports athletes. Additionally, the LIDS Clubhouse division operates team-specific professional sports and university athletics retail stores and e-commerce sites. Hat World Inc. is a subsidiary of Genesco Inc.

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