The Finish Line Youth
Foundation (FLYF) raised a record $1.7 million
through its annual holiday fundraising drive, which was held in Finish
Line retail stores nationwide and online at from Nov. 7
through Dec. 31.

“This holiday season, Finish Line store employees put an amazing amount
of energy into letting all of our customers know about the FLYF and how
important it is in the lives of kids. Our customers responded with
resounding support and donated a record amount, which is so gratifying
especially considering that economic conditions remain challenging for
many people,” said FLYF Board President Bob Edwards.

FLYF is a not-for-profit organization that strives to make a difference
in the lives of children throughout the United States.  FLYF provides
financial support for community-based youth athletic programs as well as
camps for economically disadvantaged kids and those with special
needs.  In 2010, FLYF awarded grants to a wide variety of non-profit
organizations, including:

    * Camp Boggy Creek (Eustis, Florida): A year-round camp for seriously ill children and their families.
    * Girls on the Run of Atlanta: A non-profit program for girls grades
3-8 that educates and prepares them for a lifetime of self-respect and
healthy living.
    * Gleaners Food Bank (Indianapolis): The Gleaners “BackSacks”
program ensures that each child has enough to eat over weekends and
holidays when school meal programs are not offered.
    * Riding Unlimited (Dallas): Riding Unlimited provides safe and
affordable therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving programs to
children and adults with disabilities.
    * Northwest Burn Foundation (Seattle): A summer camp for children that have been affected by burns.
    * Heartspring (Wichita, Kansas): Partners with parents,
professionals and the community to help children with special needs grow
and learn on a path to a more independent life.