MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN YOUTH SCHOOL SPORTS
A Letter from FIYA Executive Director, John Mueller
Dear FIYA Families, Friends, & Members of the FIYA Community,
On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Foundation for Interscholastic Youth Athletics (FIYA), I sincerely thank you for visiting this page and for your interest in contributing or getting involved with FIYA. During these unprecedented times, I am deeply thankful for the many people who continue to help make FIYA the vibrant organization it is today. Since our founding in 2011, school administrators, coaches, officials work with our small yet highly dedicated staff to provide quality interscholastic youth sports to the middle and elementary schools in Los Angeles County.
New schools continue to join our various sports leagues. Just with the 2019-2020 school year, we reached all-time highs in the number of teams playing in girls volleyball, flag football and basketball. For the Winter 2020 basketball season we had over 160 teams! Back in year one of FIYA, the number of basketball teams was in the twenties. Prior to the pandemic, we were on pace to serve over 150 schools and 8000 student athletes in the 2020 year. Nearly half of our participating schools serve predominantly lower to moderate income families. Approximately 80% of our student athletes represent minority groups and more than 33% are female. Beyond the numbers, we continuously receive feedback from parents, teachers and school administrators that our school-based sports programs provide the incentive for their kids to excel in the classroom. Our mission of strengthening schools through sports is alive and well!
As a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, FIYA looks to any and all means of support to help maintain the quality care and services our foundation provides for all of our youth student athletes and involved members of our community. Not only do we serve our community through FIYA athletic programs, competitions, and other experiences, but in following our visions and mission, we're helping schools to develop their school's athletic programs. We wish to establish, build, and develop more accessible athletic platforms for these schools' students so they may experience the values, education, and physical activity that come with participating in school athletics.
Now, more than ever before, we are in need of your support! To kickstart our end of the year fundraising, FIYA will be participating in and celebrating GivingTuesday on December 1st 2020. See below for more on our #GivingTuesday campaign!
Join US for Giving Tuesday on December 1st 2020!
Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to generosity and giving and takes place every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday (this year on December 1st). It's a day dedicated to generosity and giving; a day to acknowledge the power of giving back and simple acts of kindness. Please join FIYA on December 1st when our communities and businesses come together to support the greater good!
You can help FIYA by:
(1) donating a personal contribution to our cause and by
(2) sharing this fundraising page with others.
Every dollar amount and every link forwarded goes a long way in helping us to reach our goals and to continue our operations. #togetherFIYA
On behalf of the FIYA staff, board of directors and our entire community of participants, we thank you for your kind and generous consideration and for even taking the time to read this. Whether you are able to give or not, know we deeply appreciate your dedication to our students, schools, and FIYA, and your efforts do not go unnoticed.
MORE ways to get involved
We believe that donating or sponsoring a charitable cause can be very personal, having purpose and significance both for our organization but also for our donor. In that spirit, FIYA has various ways in which you can donate or contribute to your most desired preference!
Check out the listed items below to see various other ways to get involved or additional means of donating to our cause. Keep in mind each of our individual sports programs and offerings are open for sponsorship opportunities as well! To learn more about our sponsorship program, email FIYA Director of Communications Mallory Rawson at email@example.com
Donate your car, boat, truck, RV, Jet Ski or snowmobile to FIYA and receive a tax deduction! This no cost, no hassle process begins when you contact our fundraising partner at 877-227-7487 x 3147. Or you can click HERE to donate online now. It is extremely simple and you have the satisfaction of knowing your vehicle donation helps support interscholastic sports for Los Angeles elementary and middle schools.
If you would like to donate specific needed materials for our individual sports programs or organization as a whole, check out our Amazon Page and every purchase will go straight to the FIYA headquarters.
Simply check out the public "FIYA Wish List" on our page or the various lists for each particular sport we offer (for example: we are about to tip off into our 2020 Basketball Season and need your help donating equipment for our teams), and purchase an item of your choice that you would like to donate today!
NOTE: We've just recently added this page to our fundraising efforts, and are so excited to use this feature to invest in better quality materials and equipment for our schools and student athlete participants. Check back to this page at a later time if our list does not have any more items available for purchase. (Which would be a FANTASTIC thing!)
Under "Pick your own charitable organization:"
TYPE: "Foundation for Interscholastic Youth Athletics"
and your donation will be received after you shop!