Event Spotlight: Stick Up for Kids!
January 3, 2019
Cassandra Williams, LCSW
Stick Up for Kids! Is presented by the UPS Store of Fort Collins. Historically, game auctioned sticks are raffled in a silent auction during the game and proceeds are returned to participating non-profits. Additionally, each non-profit featured at the event is given opportunities to compete for grant money. This was the case during GCC’s 2017 participation. This year, the competition is removed for a fun filled night and non-profits receive funds through ticket sales and charity donations. Other non-profits that have previously participated include: Realities for Children, Kawaski Kids Foundation and Special Olympics of Colorado.
One GCC Client received VIP treatment at the game on November 24th, 2018!
Griffith Centers for Children & the Colorado Eagles:
The Weld (county) Community Programs location of Griffith Centers for Children has had the honor of being invited back to the Stick Up for Kids fundraising event hosted by the Colorado Eagles hockey team for the second year in a row!
So, how did this seemingly unlikely partnership form?
A simple and surface level answer is a personal connection between a Clinical Consultant at this location of Griffith Centers for Children (GCC) and executive leadership. However, if you explore the Colorado Eagles just a bit further, it is of no surprise that this franchise would partner with GCC regardless.
One of the foundations for the Colorado Eagles is the organizations dedication to community and philanthropy.
Other Causes that the Colorado Eagles dedicate an abundance of their time and resources to each year:
The Teddy Bear Toss where over 7,500 stuffed animals are donated to children’s charities in Northern Colorado, Pot of Gold which selects a family of one child whose medical issues have created financial hardship through donations from fans (in 2016 60,000 dollars were raised for a child with Cystic Fibrosis), there is also Military Appreciation Night, Hockey Fights Cancer and so much more!
A personal favorite philanthropic deed of mine is the Colorado Eagles role in Inspiration Playground located in Windsor, Colorado. A playground designed to be accessible for ALL children with ALL levels of ability. Features include full accessibility, touch elements for children that visually impaired, bright colors for those that can’t hear and a simple area for children with Autism or other sensory processing barriers to avoid over stimulation. In 2007 the Colorado Eagles contributed 250,00 dollars in matching funds from their community foundation.
Sports & Kids:
Sports are a significant risk protection factor for children; a risk protection factor is anything that decrease potential for harm. The children that I have had the pleasure of providing therapy to report a sense of belonging, community, discipline and structure from sports. Not to mention positive social supports and mentors.