Be a Part of a Bigger Future in Youth Sports!
A Letter from FIYA Executive Director, John Mueller
Dear FIYA Families, Friends, & Members of the FIYA Community,
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Foundation for Interscholastic Youth Athletics (FIYA), I extend my greetings and well wishes during this time to you and yours. With our Spring sports currently suspended for the time being, I am even moreso thankful for the many people who make FIYA the vibrant organization it is today. Since our founding in 2011, school administrators, coaches, officials, among many others, work tirelessly with our small yet highly dedicated staff to provide quality interscholastic youth sports to the middle and elementary schools in Los Angeles County.
New schools continue to join our various sports leagues with each new season, giving us the unique and humbling opportunity to impact more and more Los Angeles communities and youth. Just with this school year, we have reached all-time highs in the number of teams playing in girls’ volleyball, flag football and basketball. For the Winter 2020 basketball season we had over 160 teams! Back in year one of FIYA, the number of basketball teams was in the twenties. We are on pace to serve over 150 schools and 8,000 student athletes in the coming year. Nearly half of our participating schools serve predominantly lower to moderate income families. Approximately 80% of our student athletes represent minority groups and more than 33% are female. Beyond the numbers, we continuously receive feedback from parents, teachers and school administrators that our school-based sports programs provide the incentive for their kids to excel in the classroom. Our mission of strengthening schools through sports is alive and well!
As a 501c3 nonprofit corporation, FIYA looks to any and all means of support to help maintain the quality care and services our organization provides for all of our youth student athletes and involved members of our community. Not only do we serve our community through FIYA athletic programs, competitions, and other experiences, but in following our visions and mission, we'd like to continue helping schools in economically disadvantaged areas of Los Angeles to develop their school's athletic programs. We wish to establish, build, and develop more accessible athletic platforms for our schools through our coaching programs and resources, equipment funds, and general operations so that their students may experience the values, lessons, and physical activity that come with participating in school athletics.
In this unprecedented time, we're respectfully asking all members inside and out of our commuity to please consider giving back to FIYA so we can continue serving our schools to the fullest. While our spring sports are currently suspended, our staff is continuing to work day in and day out preparing interscholastic athletic opportunities for our students hopefully for the end of this school year (once it is safe to do so) and in preparation of the 2020-2021 school year. Every donation, no matter how small, goes a long way in helping us reach our fundraising goals and to continue our work for our deserving community.
Thank you for your support, and thank you in advance for your consideration!
Aside from making a general donation, we have three (3) specific areas of need that we wanted to share and humbly ask for your assistance:
A. COACHES SUPPORT
This past year FIYA has worked to provide coaches with as many tools to be successful coaching their student athletes. We offer coaching clinics where we invite established, experienced coaches to speak to current and aspiring FIYA coaches. Many times, our schools will have enough student-athletes to make a team, but simply are in need of coaches to participate. Our coaching clinics have also been an opportunity for us to help introduce schools to new coaches and for new coaches to reach out to those schools in need. We have also provided various instructional (and free) resources through our social media platforms and have instituted a formal coaching certification program through National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS). All of these efforts are vital for our organization to help educate and better prepare all participating coaches, no matter their experience or skill-level, so that consequently every student is better served by these mentors. We anticipate a budget of $5,000 to cover the expenses in this area.
So far, we've raised over $20 in this area which is enough to pay for one coach's certification program!
Donate $20 and you too can help offset the cost of the program for another deserving coach!
B. EQUIPMENT SUPPORT
As you might imagine, there is an immense amount of athletic equipment needed for all of our various sports offerings: flags, down markers and yard markers for football, portable scoreboards for basketball and volleyball, soccer/futsal goals and nets, lots of field paint for our flag football fields and soccer pitches, just to name a few of the basics. We're also always looking to bring new sports offerings to FIYA such as ball hockey or lacrosse which would come with their own special equipment and can only be made possible by sponsors and donors. We anticipate a budget of $10,000 to cover the expenses in this area.
So far, we've raised over $4,500 in this area!
Help us reach $5,000 to get halfway to our goal!
C. GENERAL OPERATIONS SUPPPORT
I am blessed to work with dedicated and knowledgeable individuals who share a passion for youth sports. The success of FIYA is tied to the real sacrifices and full commitment the staff makes. Our goal is to turn the four current part-time positions – Operations, Communications, Special Projects and Development – into full time positions over the next 3 to 5 years. In order to do so, we would need to double our current payroll budget of $135,000.
So far, we've raised over $100 in this area!
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To family, friends, and anyone inside or out of your communities who may be interested in investing in our causes and our foundation. Every effort and contribution goes a long way, and we appreciate all of the support we can get! If you are able to assist in any of the above three areas, simply click on one of the red campaign titles above of your choice, and you'll be directed to it's donation page of which you can make a contribution by credit card, Apple Pay, or Google Pay.
If you do not have a campaign preference, click HERE for FIYA's general donations page. If you'd like to send a check to FIYA, our address is PO Box 451373, Los Angeles, CA 90045 and please be sure to include your name, email, home address, and indicate your campaign preference (if any).
MORE ABOUT FIYA & DONATIONS
Be sure to check out Our Nonprofit Page and click the "About" tab to get a deeper understanding of our fundraising efforts, needs, and the long-lasting impact you will make on our community!
We're all in this together, and we wish you all the best with good health and healthy habits. As members of the community, we encourage all to look out for one another and to show compassion during this difficult time.
FIYA Executive Director
HOW OR WHERE TO CONTRIBUTE:
We believe that donating or sponsoring a charitable cause can be very personal, having purpose and significance both for our organization but also for our donor. In that spirit, FIYA has various ways in which you can donate to your most desired preference!
Check out our Kindest Nonprofit Page and click the "About" tab to see which means of donating you're most interested in.
PARTNERSHIPS / VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME
If you have experience in coaching, athletics, health & wellness, youth development, or simply want to volunteer for a good cause, please reach out to us and see how you can get involved!
FIYA is always looking for more partnership opportunities with anyone from athletes to coaches, trainers, health professionals, to other sports, youth, health & wellness-related figures who together, can help FIYA provide more workshops, trainings, presenations, and other related opportunities for our underserved schools and student athletes!
Contact our Communications & Publicity Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested or think you can positively contribute to our community! We'd love to hear your ideas and what you can bring to our organization.