DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche Community Fund, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation, awarded $157,500 to 10 Colorado children's charities at Pepsi Center prior to Tuesday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The grants were awarded to non-profit organizations with programs that provide recreational programs and services to children and families. Since inception, the Colorado Avalanche Community Fund has granted over $11 million to hundreds of non-profit agencies throughout Colorado.
The grant recipients included:
• Arthritis Foundation / Rocky Mountain Chapter - To support the Juvenile Arthritis Camp in Estes Park that allows arthritic children a chance to "just be a kid." Special activities include warm-water swimming, hiking, rock climbing, fishing, horse back riding and craft activities.
• Boy Scouts of America / Denver Area Council - To support the Urban Scouting Program in Denver's inner city. Many of the children involved in the Urban Scouting Program are exposed to gang activity and negative peer pressure and many have home responsibilities for younger siblings.The Urban Scouting Program provides positive role models, life skills and an opportunity to "just have fun".
• Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center - The grant will provide 143 days of programming for in the Adaptive Ski and Wilderness programs for disadvantaged youth with a wide variety of special needs.BOEC programs help develop life skills, teamwork, independence and mobility through outdoor recreational activities that many thought not possible.
• Colorado Sled Hockey - To support youth and adult sled hockey programs for people with such disabilities as spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and others.Through participation in Colorado Sled Hockey, participants gain self-esteem, an ability to work together as a team as well as enhanced physical and mental health.
• Denver Police Activities League - To support sports and recreational programs for over 7,000 Denver youth.Denver PAL programs provide safe alternatives which can help provide guidance through many negative influences in a child's life.
• Denver Public Schools / Denver Prep League - The Middle School Prep League provides competitive sports (boys' flag football, girls' volleyball, boys' and girls' soccer, girls' softball, coed cross country, boys' and girls' basketball) for 3,000 students in 22 DPS schools.The program is academically-based as well as providing an environment for young athletes to learn the value of sportsmanship, skills and teamwork.
• Easter Seals Colorado - To support the Rocky Mountain Village Camp - the only fully handicap-accessible camp in Colorado which provides recreational opportunities for individuals regardless of disability, incontinence and/or mobility.Camping activities help individuals learn new skills and gain greater independence through ropes course, horseback riding, computer training, hiking and nature studies, animal farm, zip-line, photography, fishing, golf, aquatics and arts and crafts.
• Girl Scouts / Mile Hi Council - To support the Healthy Living Initiative that includes activities to increase girls' awareness of healthy lifestyles.Specific programs include healthy eating, emergency preparedness, healthy relationships, swimming, stress management, caring for Children and walking for fitness.
• Jewish Community Center - To support the Ranch Camp scholarship program. Ranch Camp is a residential summer camp program which helps campers to strengthen self-confidence, increase appreciation of nature, develop life and teamwork skills, learn new skills, develop self-esteem and respect for others as well as "just have fun."
• National Sports Center for the Disabled - To support adaptive recreation programs in over 20 sports for people with any type of mental or physical disability. The goal of all NSCD programs is to teach people the fundamentals of a sport or activity and how to transfer the life-lessons into everyday activities.
The Colorado Avalanche Community Fund (CACF) supports local and statewide, non-profit organizations that serve the needs of low-income children and families. Funds raised by the CACF are matched by the McCormick Tribune Foundation at a significant percentage increasing the dollar amount available to local worthwhile agencies and their community programs.