Using Sport For Social Change

by St. John Community Foundation
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Just Play 2016 postcard
Just Play 2016 postcard

Hey everyone!

Can you believe it? We are thrilled to be holding this annual event once again and are starting our fundraising early as it gives us time to get all sponsors listed on all promotional materials, plus ensures longer promotional time for our early sponsors.

We so appreciate our early sponsors! It allows us to get things done prior to the event and to take advantage of some discounts when ordering water bottles, event t-shirts, Gatorade, trophies etc. There is still plenty of time for you to get on board for our early sponsorship's. Our sponsorship's start at only $100 and gets you or your business name on everything from our event T's, postcards, event banners and our websites. 

 

You are also able to donate as an individual as well. Anything helps as this event is fully dependant on donations in order to put it on as a free event for the island youth.

Please contact Celia or Michelle up at the SJCF with any questions.

Thanks!

Dean Doeling

Founder: USFSC

Can you believe it? The 8th Annual Just Play day is scheduled for October 10, 2006!

We are thrilled to be holding this annual event once again and are starting our fundraising early as it gives us time to get all sponsors listed on all promotional materials, plus ensures longer promotional time for our early sponsors. Please donate today. You can easily donate right here on Global Giving.

I wanted to share with you, our USFSC supporters, a quick snapshot of what it actually takes to put this event on. Without amazing people like you and our sponsors, this event could have never taken place, much less, lasted 5 years!

Incredibly, these events are worth over $60,000.00 each. The donations of product from our sponsors cover over $54,000.00. This leaves just over $6,500.00 of expenses left to cover. Every year we count on cash donations to cover these expenses which include T-shirts, water bottles, trophies and medals, shipping, Gatorade, event entertainment, event insurance, facility rental and other hard costs associated with putting this event on.

Dean Doeling with Nike is a huge fan of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. On one of his trips to St. John, he noticed that about 7 kids were all playing with a (one) flat, worn out soccer ball and having the best time!.

Right then he had two thoughts:

1) How great it is that these kids can have so much fun kicking a worn out, flat soccer ball!

2) Hey wait...is this the only soccer ball that they had?  Where were the others?

It put an idea into his head that since he works at Nike, he could use Nike as a resource to help the kids achieve some athletic goals, thereby giving them courage and enough confidence to achieve other lifetime goals. His intention is to develop and assist with sports and fitness programs within local schools and the community. This plan will involve local schools, businesses, charitable organizations, Nike vendors and of course, Nike.

Please join this worthy initiave and show your support! Thanks!!

Dean Doeling

Founder: Using Sport For Social Change

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Hello USFSC supporters!

We had another successful 7th annual "Just Play" event in October, and we are looking forward to holding our 8th annual in October of 2016. We are also looking for other opportunities to reach out to the youth in the community of St. John.

Positive change, when done sucesfully will last a long time and become self sustainable. We want to insure that whatever direction we take to help the youth of the island, is taken with meaningful steps to a resolution of the problem, instead of taking the bandaid approach. This will take time and commitment, but the end result will be positive for everyone in the community.

We would like to hear from you, with ideas and insight into how we can make positive change in the St. John Community. Donation for these efforts are accepted through Global Giving and the St. John Community Foundation and are tax deductible. Let's work together to bring our youth and community together.

 

Sincerley,

Dean Doeling

Founder: USFSC

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October 12, 2015
St. John, USVI

175 youth ages 5-17 and 47 volunteers showed up to participate in one of St. John's largest sporting events. The 7th Annual "Just Play" event put on every year for the last 7 years by Using Sport for Social Change and the St. John Community Foundation.

This free day of sport Allows island youth to participate in 5 sport categories that includes football toss, soccer ball kick, 50 yard dash, basketball throws and a soccer relay. Each age group is given a water bottle and event tee, and are timed or scored by the volunteers during the morning. Then all are brought in out of the sun to a full meal provided by Mathayom Private Chefs, who has cattered this event since it's inception.

After lunch, the youth are able to play each sport station at their choosing until the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards can be tallied. This years guest speaker, Dr. David Santesteban (presently the Interim Athletic Director and Head Men’s Soccer Coach at the University of the Virgin Islands) gave a wonderful talk about making choices and everything we do propels us in one direction or another, and we need to make good choices in order for us to aspire to greater things.

The awards are then handed out, with 1st place trophies and second and third place medals. Each child is then sent home (extremely tired and worn out of course) with a sports sack filled with Nike product, as well as a particpant medal stuck in every bag.

This year marks the 7th annual event. The longest running, free sporting event for Viring Island youth.

Hey everyone! Great news!! To date we have raised $4534.00 for this years event!

I wanted to share with you, our USFSC supporters, a quick snapshot of what it actually takes to put this event on. Without amazing people like you and our sponsors, this event could have never taken place, much less, lasted 7 years!

Incredibly, these events are worth over $60,000.00 each. The donations of product from our sponsors cover over $54,000.00. This leaves just over $6,500.00 of expenses left to cover. Every year we count on cash donations to cover these expenses which include T-shirts, water bottles, trophies and medals, shipping, Gatorade, event entertainment, event insurance, facility rental and other hard costs associated with putting this event on.

Every little bit helps. Please consider being a sponsor this year. It's important to get on board early as we have many items that need to be pre-ordered, purchased, produced and then shipped down prior to the event.

 

 

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St. John Community Foundation

Location: St. John, USVI, usa - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.sjcf.org
Project Leader:
Celia Kalousek
Executive Director
St. John, VI Virgin Islands
$11,709 raised of $25,000 goal
 
 
86 donations
$13,291 to go
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