With $2100 donated as of August 6, 2010, the Using Sport For Social Change annual "Just Play" program is getting close to one-half the funding required to run the Just Play event. Based on the 2009 event, the projections for 2010 will be $8000. This means that Global Giving has provided 25% of the funding and local and some corporate donations have produced an additional 25%.
With an additional $4000 in donations, the project will be fully funded for 2010.
Already, plans have been made for the sporting events and as of July 21, 17 volunteers have stepped forward. We will need 25 volunteers to make the event go smoothly. Volunteer sign ups do not include the in-kind entertainment and food services provided to the event. In 2010, we expect to have several entertainers to include jumproping exhibitions, calypso, aerobic exercise instructors, motivational speakers and more. Food provided will be watermelons from a local market, beverages from a wholesale company and reduced pricing for lunch items.
We expect to have 12 different sports and game activities for children 5 to 18. Each event will be monitored by volunteers. Younger participants will have a higher ratio of child to instructor and games will be appropriate for ages 5 to 10. For older children (11 to 18) sports events will be catagorized as to age groupings (11 to 13), (14 to 16), (over 16).
We are excited about the 2010 event and we expect over 125 children to participate which is approximately the same number as the 2009 event.
Locally, we are soliciting donations from local businesses and individuals. We fully expect to be fully funded by the end of September. Marketing has already begun, our planning team is in place, and promotion of the event is well on the way.
The "Just Play" event will be held on October 11, 2010 at the Winston Wells field in Cruz Bay, St. John
Using Sports For Sociall Change has been able to provide both equipment and events for St. John, Virgin Islands children. Sports balls (over 300), baseball gloves (to outfit a team), soccer shin pads (14 sets) and numerous items of sports clothing have been provided during our 2009 events. Also in 2009, the first "Just Play" day was sponsored through USFSC. Over 125 children participated with 40 volunteers. The day, and the provision of equipment was met with great enthusiasm.
For 2010, another "Just Play" sporting event for children is already being planned. Additional games and and increase in participation is expected. For 2010, additional equipment will be provided. Funding for the events is a combination of local donations and through Global Giving. The funding target is set at $10,000.
Planning meetings were held in January and february with additional meeting planned for May and twice-weekly meetings will be held through the summer. The next event is planned for October, 2010.
The core committee consists of 7 local St. Johnians. The project coordinator is Mr. Dean Doeling of the Nike Corporation. All planning is done through the core committee. The St. John Community Foundation is the fiscal agent for the project.
It is expected that by mid-September, 2010, the elements of the project will be established. Our goal is to raise 75% of the funds needed by mid September with remaining funding coming on the day of the event. All equipment, supplies and required field items will be in place by October 1, 2010. The volunteer base will be established by October 15 with a call to the community. All non-profit organizations who wish to partner shall be contacted and assigned duties.
A donation request to the community of St. John has already started. Plans for an additional fundraiser will occur o/a August, 2010. It is hoped that a minimum of $3000 will come from Global Giving activities. Dean Doeling of Nike got the ball rolling by sent two donations of $250 each. One from a gift card and the other through Pay Pal. The Global Giving "WE" portal allows Nike, Inc. to provide a 50% match of any service fees, resulting in 95% of all donation being used directly for the events and equipment.
USFSC is looking forward to the second "Just Play" youth event.
Paul Devine, Executive Director
St. John Community Foundation
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