Keep Kids in Sports with Your Annual Fund Donation
Are you looking for a meaningful way to make a positive impact in your local community? There’s no better time than the holidays to reach out and lend a helping hand. There are families right here in Carmel that are facing a tough year and need your support. 2020 has come with extraordinary challenges, and some of our members have felt the harsh repercussions firsthand. People have been forced to make tough decisions, and unfortunately, participating in youth sports is no longer financially feasible for some of our Carmel Dads’ Club families. That’s left some asking how they can support those families who may be struggling to afford sports in the coming year.
At Carmel Dads’ Club, we believe youth sports play a crucial role in the lives of the young people we serve. Not only does involvement in youth sports build self-esteem and physical fitness, but it also fosters a sense of achievement, respect, and teamwork. Many of our high school athletes have mentioned that they met some of their best friends through our programs. Participating in a sport does as much for a kid off the field as it does on the field.
Fortunately, for kids who can’t afford to play sports this year, there’s an option available to keep them playing the sports they love. The Annual Fund helps Carmel Dads’ Club finance its Kids All Play (KAP) scholarship program. Any child who qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch through Carmel Clay Schools is eligible for the program, which helps cover their registration fees. In 2019, KAP provided need-based fee assistance to more than 600 young people in the Carmel community. We know that need is going to increase in 2021. We need your help to make sure there is enough money to help every child who wants to play sports, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.
In a typical year, our annual golf fundraiser would help raise a large percentage of the money used to fund our KAP program. This year, we had to cancel that event due to COVID-19. That means a deficit of thousands of dollars that we rely on to provide registration assistance. We also had to cancel our spring season to keep our families safe. Those typical funding resources for KAP may be gone, but the cost of running twelve sports ranging from pre-k to high school remains.
Please consider donating to the Carmel Dads’ Club Annual Fund this year. It can make a huge impact! For example, your donation of $95 will help cover the registration costs of a young soccer or volleyball player. While many sports have $95 registration fees, some leagues are more expensive to run than others. For instance, your donation of $125 will help a lacrosse player stay involved in the program, and your donation of $175 will cover the registration fees for a young golfer. Any amount makes a difference – even $5. It all adds up and ensures KAP continues to serve all those who need it.
Whether you can spare a small amount or make a much larger contribution, your kindness and generosity will be appreciated beyond measure. Carmel Dads’ Club appreciates it, but more importantly, the kid who doesn’t have to drop out of the sport he or she loves because their family is struggling will appreciate it. Plus, you’ll experience the priceless feeling of helping someone in your community.
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so your donation is tax-deductible. This year, donating is easier than ever. Just CLICK HERE. You will then receive a receipt to retain for your tax records. You can also send a check made out to Carmel Dads’ Club to 5459 E Main St, Carmel, IN 46033. Please write “Annual Fund” in the memo line.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Megan Trent, Sponsorship Coordinator, at (317)846-1663 ext. 3313, or email [email protected].
From all of us at Carmel Dads’ Club, thank you for your generous support. With your help, we are looking forward to a great 2021 for EVERYONE!
Carmel Dads’ Club Staff
Please click here to make a tax deductible donation to Carmel Dads' Club through our secure online payment system.
You can also send a check to Carmel Dads' Club at 5459 E. Main St., Carmel, IN 46033.