Thunderbirds Foundation breaks $1 million mark for donations to youth sports

Fundraising began in 2009 at ShoWare Center hockey games

  • Thursday, February 27, 2020 1:26pm
  • Sports
Courtesy Photo, Thunderbirds Community Sports Foundation

Courtesy Photo, Thunderbirds Community Sports Foundation

The Thunderbirds Community Sports Foundation has awarded more than $1 million to local youth sports teams, schools and associations since its inception in 2009.

“When we first started the Foundation in 2009, we didn’t consider how quickly we might reach $1 million in grants awarded,” said Brenda Farwell, Foundation vice president in a Thursday press release from the Kent-based Seattle Thunderbirds junior hockey team that began playing 11 years ago at the accesso ShoWare Center. “We wanted to help all kids in the area play sports and promote the positive aspects that sports bring to our communities. To see the positive impact the Foundation has had in the Puget Sound in the last 10 years is very gratifying and humbling.”

The Thunderbird Community Sports Foundation is a nonprofit foundation that believes youth in our community benefit physically, mentally and academically from playing sports and that no child should be excluded from playing sports due to a lack of financial resources. The Foundation promotes good health, physical education and academic achievement, by providing scholarships and grants for amateur athletes in the Puget Sound region.

The Foundation runs the T-Birds 50/50 Raffle at every home game at ShoWare Center during the regular season and playoffs. Funds raised through the 50/50 Raffle are given out as grants to local sports teams, schools and associations to meet their sports goals for the season they apply.

The Foundation has a semi-annual grant application process. April 30 and Oct. 30 are the deadlines for a sports team or association to apply for a grant. Sports teams and associations can apply for grants on the Foundation website at thunderbirdsfoundation.org.

Click here for a list of groups that have received grants.

The Foundation is guaranteeing that the 50/50 prize at the game Saturday, Feb. 29 against the Portland Winterhawks will be at least $10,000.




Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@auburn-reporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.auburn-reporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Sports

WIAA delays start dates for fall sports

Football practices to begin Sept. 5, all other sports planned for Sept. 7.

Emerald Downs changes opening day to June 24

Live racing to return at Auburn track but without fans

COURTESY FILE PHOTO, Emerald Downs
Emerald Downs announces revised 2020 stakes schedule

Racing starts June 22; first featured race Aug. 2

Emerald Downs to open for horse racing June 22

No fans initially at Auburn track; fans can wager from home

FILE PHOTO, Brian Liesse, T-Birds
T-Birds issue ticket refunds, exchanges for cancelled games in Kent

17,000 tickets sold for three March contests at ShoWare Center

T-Birds select 13 players in Bantam Draft

Seattle trades goalie Roddy Ross to Regina for three draft picks

Auburn Riverside’s Camden Heilborn to play volleyball at Western Washington

Will join sister Calley Heilborn at Bellingham school

High school stadium lights will go on across the state, including Kent and Auburn, on Friday night to honor the Class of 2020. COURTESY PHOTO
No-show season: WIAA announces cancellation of spring sports, activities

Due to the school closure extension, the cancellation includes all practices, competitions, tournaments and championships, WIAA says.

Emerald Downs still plans to have horse racing season in 2020

Horse training continues at Auburn racetrack

There’s still hope for spring sports, WIAA announces

Washington Interscholastic Activities Association making contingency plans for high school sports competitions after extension of stay home order.

T-Birds select Dauner, Mackie in Western Hockey League U.S. Prospects Draft

Dauner is a center from Fargo; Mackie is a defenseman from Anchorage