As the Founder and Executive Director for this great organization, I have spent a lot of time over the last week processing how we would utilize the top prize of $125,000 in the Lids Foundation Tip the Hat grant voting contest.

The reality is that this an organizational changing amount of money and is an amount that will forever shape the future of Nine13sports.

If we’re fortunate enough to get enough votes to claim first place, we’ll be doing the following:

  • Expand programs in Central Indiana to create an additional 20,000 youth interactions within this region.
  • Share a portion of the grant with our Portland, Oregon operations to help them serve more PDX youth.
  • Hold back a portion of the grant to use as seed money for one of our expansion markets later in 2016.
  • Expand program offerings here in Central Indiana and leverage these resources to create new opportunities and programs designed to impact the youth we serve.

We need your vote, and we need it today!


and enjoy this video we made to get you pumped for the possibilities of Tip the Hat!