Nashville, Tenn. (August 15, 2019) - The Nashville Predators Foundation announced today a multi-year partnership with Nashville-based teledentistry pioneer SmileDirectClub. This groundbreaking naming partnership of a local professional sports team's community organization will allow the Preds Foundation to greatly expand upon the life-changing work that they have been committed to for over 20 years.
Through this partnership with SmileDirectClub, the Nashville Predators Foundation will introduce new SuperGrants, which will be awarded to Middle Tennessee community organizations to complete large-scale projects in support of education, health, and cultural needs across the state. The annual grants will range from $25,000 to $100,000 and will be awarded to several Tennessee-based organizations to further the empowerment of youths and their families during times of transition. The first SuperGrant will be awarded in the coming weeks.
"The mission of the Nashville Predators Foundation is to build meaningful, philanthropic partnerships within our community," said Predators Foundation Vice President Rebecca King. "In joining forces with SmileDirectClub, we have found the perfect partner who shares our passion for giving back. Through their significant investment into our community, together, we will have the opportunity to make an impact and create more smiles across Nashville and Middle Tennessee."
The Nashville Predators Foundation has awarded over $6.5 million in grants since its inception in 1998 and is dedicated to serving the Middle Tennessee community. With the support of SmileDirectClub, the Foundation's reach across the state of Tennessee will greatly expand.
"We're honored to partner with the Nashville Predators Foundation to better serve our community," said SmileDirectClub Co-Founder Alex Fenkell. "SmileDirectClub exists to help consumers unleash the power of their smile to positively impact their place in the world. Together, we can empower Tennesseans to have the confidence to positively impact the communities where we live and work."
About the Nashville Predators Foundation presented by SmileDirectClub:
The Nashville Predators Foundation presented by SmileDirectClub is devoted to funneling the excitement of professional sports towards the needs of the community by offering unique resources and financial support to local youth-oriented organizations. Since its inception in 1998, the Foundation has awarded $6.5 million in grants to the greater Nashville community and donated more than $2 million in cash and in-kind during the 2018-19 season alone. As of August 2019, the Predators Foundation partnered with Nashville-based SmileDirectClub in an ongoing effort to meet educational, social, health and cultural needs throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee. To learn more about the Nashville Predators Foundation presented by SmileDirectClub and see a list of upcoming events, visit NashvillePredators.com/Foundation.
SmileDirectClub was founded on a simple belief: Everyone deserves a smile they love. Our mission is to help consumers unleash the power of their smile and positively impact their place in the world by democratizing access to safe, affordable and convenient teeth straightening solutions. In 2014, SmileDirectClub pioneered a teledentistry platform that connects consumers with an affiliated network of licensed dentists and orthodontists that leverages our technology to remotely prescribe and manage clear aligner therapy. SmileDirectClub was founded by Alex Fenkell and Jordan Katzman in partnership with Camelot Venture Group, whose portfolio companies include 1-800 CONTACTS and Quicken Loans. Available in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the UK, SmileDirectClub is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, visit SmileDirectClub.com.