Atlanta, GA (Jan. 18) - I spoke at a conference recently and someone asked me what, as head of STEAM Sports Foundation, I needed most. For those of us who run foundations and are constantly in fund-raising mode, I suspect the person was waiting for me to say “money.”
But I didn’t.
I said “awareness” because without awareness, it’s impossible for people to grasp your message and vision. As I looked around that day, I saw a lot of other like-minded organizations in the same boat. Many of those organizations were run by friends and colleagues, and we all support and pull for each other.
As a result, I reached out to several of those organizations and said that I would like to create an area on our STEAM Sports Foundation
website in which I could bring attention to a lot of those like-minded organizations in an effort to show them and all our followers that we are all in this together.
I think the expression goes, “Rising Tides Lift All Boats.”
With that, allow me to introduce those organizations who chose to respond to my request to provide thumbnails and links to their organizations – all of which are doing great work and need awareness as much as funding.
The Live to Be Different Foundation,
led by NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, was formed in 2017 to lift individuals seeking a means to fulfill their potential, no matter their age, skin color, disabilities or ambitions.
NXG Youth Motorsports
is a non-profit that exists as a driving force to motivate and prepare youth, particularly African Americans and minorities from underserved communities, to be conscientious drivers on the road and in their lives.
Operation Hope helps individuals of all ages by offering financial education, one-on-one coaching, course on credit score improvement, as well as pathways toward homeownership and starting a business.
founded by NBA legend Michael Jordan and three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin, features rising NASCAR star Bubba Wallace in the No. 23 Toyota Camry. The team, behind Wallace’s Live to Be Different Foundation, has created SPEED Institute, providing professional education and executive development through internships to those in marginalized communities.
provides turnkey K-8 supplemental curricula that uses sports as the real-life applications to drive STEM-based, hands-on learning in classrooms, after-school programs, and camps.
is a national non-profit with the mission to champion all students to and through their education and into careers as professional technicians, powering the technicians’ workforce by awarding more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants annually to financially disadvantaged students.
Women in Motorsports North America (WIMNA)
is a community of professionals devoted to supporting opportunities for women across all disciplines of motorsports by creating an inclusive, resourceful environment to foster mentorship, advocacy, and growth, thereby ensuring the continued strength and successful future of motorsports.
About STEAM Sports Foundation
Recognizing workforce and economic development as integral parts of corporate growth STEAM Sports Foundation
works with companies, educators and sports groups to develop initiatives around science, technology, engineering, arts and math that impact the world of sports & entertainment. The foundation’s focus is on scholarships and career summits in an effort to help create tomorrow’s vibrant workforce. Its “Women of Color” scholarship program in automotive/motorsports engineering provides diversity to a transportation industry that is ever-changing via innovation and technology with individuals who traditionally did not consider these career paths simply because they saw few who looked like them in the industry.