The Finish Line, Inc. concluded its 11th annual holiday fund-raising campaign through its Finish Line Youth Foundation with record results of $1,044,036. From November 8 through December 31, every Finish Line store across the country as well as its website endeavored to raise funds to “Help Kids Play.” All Finish Line customers who donated received a coupon booklet with offers totaling $50 in savings on future purchases.
“We created the Finish Line Youth Foundation to provide kids all across the country with new and improved opportunities to grow through sport, recreation and fitness,” says Kevin Flynn, President of the Foundation. “The funds raised this year will allow the Foundation to support many more deserving organizations around the country who immediately need our help.”
Some of the organizations that received funding from the Finish Line Youth Foundation in 2007 include: Girls on the Run San Francisco, Denver SCORES, Camp Quality USA, Northwest Burn Foundation, West Cobb Youth Athletic Association, Grand Rapids Wheelchair Sports Association, Jock's of Greater Philadelphia, Camp Courant, Ramapo for Children and the Latin American Community Center.
Additionally, the Finish Line Youth Foundation recently committed up to $50,000 in funding to the Indianapolis Parks Foundation for the renovation of the Windsor Village Park Community/Youth Center. Finish Line Youth Foundation board members recognized the need to serve the youth in this particular neighborhood, which is in close proximity to Finish Line's corporate headquarters. Funds were given to build a new outdoor basketball court (in partnership with the Pacers Foundation, Inc.), and to build the new indoor fitness center. Groundbreaking for the renovation project was December 2007 and is scheduled to be completed fall 2008.