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Predators Foundation Allocates $735,000 in Grants to 184 Local Nonprofits

Largest-Ever One-Time Donation to Benefit Wide Variety of Nashville and Middle Tennessee Charitable Organizations

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (April 13, 2021) - The Nashville Predators Foundation empowered by SmileDirectClub (the "Predators Foundation") today announced that in the month of April and May, it will distribute its largest-ever one-time donation program, with grant allocations totaling $735,000. This 2021 allocation will see a wide variety of Nashville and Middle Tennessee charitable organizations receive a record-high 184 grants. Since its inception in 1998, the Predators Foundation has now provided over $7.9 million through its grant program.

This $735,000 in funding further builds on the 2020-21 efforts of the Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena, Ford Ice Centers and Predators Foundation, which drove approximately $5.5 million in life-changing funds to assist a wide variety of tornado, pandemic, bombing and flood relief efforts, non-profit organizations and individuals in need across the Nashville community and surrounding areas.

Although the Predators Foundation will not host an in-person grant presentation ceremony at Bridgestone Arena this year, throughout the month, fans can follow along at @PredsNHL and @PredsFoundation on social media as recipient organizations are highlighted and details surrounding the 2021 grant program are shared. Also in April, the Predators Foundation will visit several of the nonprofits to facilitate check presentations and offer opportunities to volunteer with select grant recipients. Additional information will be announced in the coming days.

"The past year has been extremely difficult for many of our neighbors throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee, so we are thrilled to provide these 184 grants in support of the countless community services offered by each organization." Nashville Predators Vice President of Community Relations Rebecca King said. "Despite the endless challenges we have faced in recent months, these nonprofits continue on with their amazing work, and we look forward to honoring and highlighting them this month and next."

The announcement of the 2021 grant allocation program comes shortly after the Predators Foundation and SmileDirectClub awarded their third SuperGrant of the season to Monroe Harding, bringing that program's total for the year to $158,837. Maple Built and Retrieving Independence are also recent recipients of a SuperGrant, which were introduced in 2019 to support programming or the completion of largescale projects that empower people during times of life transitions.

Information on the Predators Foundation grant allocation and application process is available here. Below, in alphabetical order, you will find a complete list of the 184 nonprofits that received a grant from the Predators Foundation in 2021.


100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, Inc. The Journey Home, Inc
A Soldier's Child Foundation  just keep livin Foundation
ABLE Youth, Inc. Kymari House 
AbleVoices Leadership Sumner Youth 
Actors Bridge Ensemble Literacy Council of Middle Tennessee 
AGAPE Luke 14:12
Alive Hospice Inc. Manchester City Schools
All Hands On Deck (A.H.O.D) Manna Cafe Ministries
American Special Hockey Association  Mental Health America of the MidSouth
Amputee Blade Runners Mercy Multiplied
Angel Heart Farm, Inc Mitchell-Neilson School
The Arc Williamson County Monroe Harding
Area 16 Special Olympics Mother to Mother, Inc.
Ark Community Resource Center MOVE Inclusive Dance
Assistance League of Nashville  Moves and Grooves, Inc.
Austin Peay State University Recreation Center Murfreesboro City Schools (John Pittard Elementary)
Backfield in Motion, Inc. (BIM) Musicians On Call
Beads of Courage, Inc. Nashville Ballet
Behavior Support for Metro Nashville Teachers and Students  Nashville Coaching Coalition
BELL Garden Nashville (Bellevue Edible Learning Lab) Nashville Conflict Resolution Center
Best Buddies Nashville Diaper Connection
Bethesda Community Mission Inc Nashville Dolphins 
Bethlehem Centers of Nashville Nashville Education, Community, and Arts Television (NECAT)
BeWell in School  Nashville Elite Hockey Club d/b/a Nashville Jr. Predators Hockey Club
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee Nashville Figure Skating Club
Book'em Nashville Humane Association
Boys & Girls Clubs of Maury County Nashville Parks Foundation
Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee Nashville Public Library Foundation
The Bridge, Inc Nashville State Community College Foundation
Bridges of Williamson County dba Bridges Domestic Violence Center Nashville Steam Preservation Society
Bright Heart Foundation Needs of Our Kids (N.O.O.K.)
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University Nurses for Newborns
Camp Marymount Nurture the Next (formerly Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee/PCAT)
Caring Hearts Ministry Operation Andrew Group, The
Catholic Charities of Tennessee Operation Homefront
Centennial Park Conservancy  Operation Stand Down Tennessee 
Center for the Arts, Inc.  OZ Arts Inc.
Characters of Character  Palmer Home Family Care
Charis Health Center Patriot Foundation 
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art PENCIL
Child Advocacy Center of Rutherford County, Inc. Permobil Foundation
Children's Museum Corporation of Rutherford County dba Discovery Center Plant the Seed
Choral Arts Link, Inc. Preston Taylor Ministries
Clarksville Hispanic American Family Foundation Project Return
Colbys Army Inc Project Transformation Tennessee
Communities In Schools of Tennessee (CIS of TN) Purpose To Legacy
Community Resource Center Read To Achieve
Conexion Americas Rocketown of Middle TN
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville
CrossBRIDGE, Inc. Saddle Up!
Cumberland Heights Foundation, Inc. Salama Urban Ministries
Cure For Our Friends Salem Elementary School
Davis House Child Advocacy Center Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation
Deer Run Camps & Retreats Sexual Assault Center
Diocese of Nashville - Hand-In-Hand Options Program Shower The People
Domestic Violence Program, Inc. ShowerUp
Easterseals Tennessee Soles4Souls
Empower Me Day Camp Special Olympics Tennessee
End Slavery Tennessee STARS
F.I.N.D. Design Street Theatre Company
Family Is Everything Outreach  StreetSolid 
Fannie Battle Day Home for Children STRIVE Collegiate Academy
First Steps, Inc. Strive For You 
Foundation for Tennessee Chess d/b/a Nashville Chess Center Stronger Than My Father - Youth Empowerment Summer Camp 
Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition 
Friends of Warner Parks Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
From Your Father Inc. Tennessee Golf Foundation
Gentle Barn Tennessee Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Gentry's Education Center at the Store Front Tennessee Voices for Victims 
Gideon's Army: Grassroots Army for Children  The Refuge Center for Counseling 
GiGi's Playhouse Nashville Transformations by Nashville Angels 
Girls Write Nashville Tucker's House
Glen Leven Presbyterian Church Day School  Tullahoma South Jackson Civic Association
Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey Urban Green Lab, Inc. 
Greenhouse Ministries Urban League of Middle Tennessee 
Grundy County Safe Baby Court USO Fort Campbell/Nashville 
Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, Child Language and Literacy Lab
The Heimerdinger Foundation Vanderbilt University Medical Center Bill Wilkerson Pediatric Speech Language Clinic 
Hendersonville Inline Hockey Association. Inc (HIHA) Walk Bike Nashville 
High Hopes, Inc. Water Walkers 
Holly Street Daycare Watershed Public Theatre 
Homework Hotline, Inc Waves, Inc. 
Hope Station, Inc, The Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center 
HopeKids, Inc. West Nashville Dream Center
Hospice of the Highland Rim Foundation, Inc. Westmeade Elementary Outdoor Education Area 
Humanities Tennessee White Fawn Farm 
Hydrate The Hood  Whitsitt Elementary 
Inspiritus, Inc. (formerly Lutheran Services in Tennessee) Yaipak Outreach 
Interfaith Dental Clinic You Have the Power... Know How to Use It, Inc.
Jordan Thomas Foundation Youth Incorporated In-Line Hockey 


2021 Nashville Predators Foundation empowered by SmileDirectClub Board Members

Jack Burk, Andrea Conte, Maria DeVarenne, Jack Diller, Philip Dobbs, Scott Hamilton, Gerry Helper, Sean Henry, Scott Hickman, Sarah Hynes, Kathy King, Rebecca King, Jeff Lipscomb, Mike Leone, Andy Marshall, Ralph Perrey, Ronald Roberts, Ralph Schulz, Mike Smardak, Michael Sontag, Frank Stevenson and Julia Wicoff.

About the Nashville Predators Foundation empowered by SmileDirectClub

The Predators Foundation has partnered with Nashville-based SmileDirectClub in an ongoing effort to meet educational, social, health and cultural needs throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee. The Predators Foundation is devoted to using its platform and influence from its affiliation with professional sports to serve the needs of the community by offering unique resources and financial support to local youth-oriented organizations. Since its inception in 1998, the Predators Foundation has awarded over $7.9 million in grants to the greater Nashville community. In 2020 alone, the Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena, Ford Ice Centers and Predators Foundation drove approximately $5.5 million in life-changing funds to assist a wide variety of relief efforts, non-profit organizations and individuals in need across the Nashville community and surrounding areas. To learn more about the Nashville Predators Foundation empowered by SmileDirectClub and to see a list of upcoming events, visit

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