By Aaron H. Bible

The LIDS Foundation, a charitable 501(c)(3) organization and the philanthropic support arm of LIDS Sports Group, is now accepting applications for the fourth annual “Tip the Hat Award.” Five charitable organizations will be awarded.

This year’s “Tip the Hat” campaign is being launched in conjunction with LIDS Foundation Month being celebrated across all LIDS and Locker Room by LIDS locations in the U.S. The nationwide campaign is targeted to charities across the country that share the LIDS Foundation’s passion of encouraging and facilitating healthy and active lifestyles for American youth.

“’The Tip the Hat Award’ is the LIDS Foundation’s largest annual grant and we are proud of the impact we have made on past recipients,” said Scott Molander, LIDS Foundation President. “We look forward to having a positive impact on more charities from around the country in the future.”

LIDS-FoundationWith a mission to support healthy and active youth programs, the LIDS Foundation is in search of charitable organizations with a similar focus. The following grants will be awarded to the top five grant applications:

  • First place: $125,000
  • Second place: $75,000
  • Third place: $50,000
  • Fourth place: $25,000
  • Fifth place: $25,000

The deadline for entries is December 6, 2015. Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a LIDS Foundation “Tip the Hat Award” should visit to review the official entry rules, learn more about the submission process and submit an application.

The LIDS Foundation works to engage young people in the communities where LIDS Sports Group operates to become active in sports-related activities that promote healthy lifestyles as well as leadership and growth opportunities. It accomplishes its mission primarily through offering resources – time, expertise, funds or materials – to nonprofit organizations with goals and values that align with those of the LIDS Foundation.

The Anthony Munoz Foundation and LIDS Foundation

The Anthony Munoz Foundation and LIDS Foundation

The LIDS Sports Group, operating within Hat World Inc., a subsidiary of Genesco Inc., is comprised of the LIDS retail headwear stores, the Locker Room by LIDS specialty fan retail chain, the LIDS Clubhouse retail stores, the LIDS Team Sports wholesale team sports business, and the Internet businesses,, and

Operating out of Indianapolis, IN, the retail businesses make up more than 1,200 mall-based, airport, street level and factory outlet locations nationwide, and in Canada and Puerto Rico. LIDS retail stores offer officially licensed and branded headwear of collegiate teams, major professional sports teams, as well as other specialty fashion categories. Locker Room by LIDS is a mall-based retailer of sports headwear, apparel, accessories, and novelties, which also operates under the Sports Fan-Attic and Sports Avenue retail concepts. LIDS Clubhouse operates team-specific professional sports and university athletics retail stores and e-commerce sites. LIDS Team Sports is a full-service team uniform and apparel dealer, custom screen printer, embroidery and sporting goods distributor.

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