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Supporting Youth and Student Athletes

At UpLift, our mission is simple: to level the playing field. For us, that means removing the financial obstacles that take youth and student athletes out of the game. Through the support of our generous sponsors and partnerships, we provide parents and athletes the assistance they need to purchase gear, fund club dues, and pay for travel. We even help cover tournament and elite training facility costs. 

UpLift believes nobody deserves to be sidelined by finances. That’s why we work hard to ensure student athletes of every age, sport, and skill level are able to stay in the game. 

Providing Kids the
Building Blocks of Success

Youth sports programs serve as a practice field for life. Sports teach kids important life skills like communication, teamwork, and leadership. They also empower kids to set and achieve their goals—on the field, track, court, or course, every athlete is judged by their skill and discipline, not their life circumstances. 

female athlete support, tennis player, uplift athletes
female athlete support, tennis player, uplift athletes

Providing Kids the
Building Blocks of Success

Youth sports programs serve as a practice field for life. Sports teach kids important life skills like communication, teamwork, and leadership. They also empower kids to set and achieve their goals—on the field, track, court, or course, every athlete is judged by their skill and discipline, not their life circumstances. 

UpLift believes sports provide kids with three basic building blocks: teamwork, grit, and growth. 

UpLift believes sports provide kids with three basic building blocks: teamwork, grit, and growth. 

Teamwork

Sports teach kids the value of working with coaches, teammates, and even parents, towards a common goal. Both at practice and on competition days, athletes learn valuable communication and leadership skills that they’ll practice throughout their lives.

Grit

Whether it’s setting a new personal record during pre-race training, digging deep for the last minute of a match, or congratulating the other team after a loss, sports requires both physical and mental grit. Through athletics, kids learn resilience—how to stand up and try again, even when life knocks you down.

Growth

Sports encourage kids to step outside their comfort zone and overcome obstacles. They help student athletes tap into a growth mindset by prioritizing practice and discipline over natural talent. After all, the first step towards success is showing up ready to play. When kids achieve their sports’ goals, it teaches them that they can achieve their life goals.

Our Student Athletes

Our athletes have one thing in common: their passion to play. UpLift Athletes provides support and access to both individual sports and team sports. From soccer and track to water polo and rock climbing, our athletes thrive in all types of sports. If it lets you play and compete, we’ll support you.

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Just a few examples of who we support: 

  • Adventure sports—kayakers, surfers, cross country skiers 
  • Aquatic sports—swimmers, divers, rowers, water polo players
  • Strength & Agility sports—archers, boxers, bodybuilders, martial artists, cyclists, wrestlers, runners, gymnasts
  • Ball sports—kids who play football, rugby, tennis, basketball, soccer, badminton, golf, volleyball
  • Extreme sports—rock climbers, skateboarders, snowboarders
  • Mountain sports—cross country cyclists, mountain bikers
  • Sports activities—cheerleaders, dancers, dart players, and more!
cyclist training, uplift athletes

Just a few examples of who we support: 

  • Adventure sports—kayakers, surfers, cross country skiers 
  • Aquatic sports—swimmers, divers, rowers, water polo players
  • Strength & Agility sports—archers, boxers, bodybuilders, martial artists, cyclists, wrestlers, runners, gymnasts
  • Ball sports—kids who play football, rugby, tennis, basketball, soccer, badminton, golf, volleyball
  • Extreme sports—rock climbers, skateboarders, snowboarders
  • Mountain sports—cross country cyclists, mountain bikers
  • Sports activities—cheerleaders, dancers, dart players, and more!

uplift’s three tiers of FINANCIAL support

Whether you need us to fill the gap, or cover the whole cost, we’re able to provide different levels of support to our athletes and their families.  

BASIC

Helps cover minor equipment costs and one-time fees, such as club dues and personal gear.

INTERMEDIATE

Helps cover costs associated with training camps and workshops, moderate equipment needs, and local travel to races or events. 

ELITE

Helps cover costs associated with national and international travel costs, elite training programs, and access to state-of-the-art training and recovery facilities.

%

OF CHILDREN AGE 6-12 WHO PLAY A TEAM SPORT ON A REGULAR BASIS

average annual dollar amount spent on youth sports per sport, per kid

%

kids ages 6 to 12 WITH HOUSEHOLD INCOMES LESS THAN $25K who PARTICIPATED IN A TEAM SPORT

%

kids ages 6 to 12 WITH HOUSEHOLD INCOMES OVER $100K who PARTICIPATED IN A TEAM SPORT

age many children begin focusing on one sport for specialization and the chase for college scholarships

*Data provided by The Aspen Institute 2018 & 2019

Partner with UpLift: Help Us Level the Playing Field

According to a recent report by The Aspen Institute, financial burden may be the number one cause of declining youth sports enrollment. But with the help of our sponsors and partners, we’re giving parents the financial assistance they need to keep youth athletes in the game. 

As UpLift continues to grow our support network, we’re looking to help more athletes, in more sports, across more communities. Your generosity helps us break down barriers and provide life-changing experiences for youth athletes. Partner with UpLift Athletes today and we can level the playing field together.   

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“My daughter is a junior at a local high school and has been actively looking at multiple colleges to attend and play soccer for. She had been invited to play as a guest player for an out of state traveling soccer team at a prestigious tournament in Las Vegas. We knew the benefit of her going to this tournament was huge, but unfortunately, it was short notice and we had concerns about the expenses involved. Without UpLift Athletes, we wouldn’t have made this trip a reality. We are so grateful for this foundation and their contribution to help my daughter get to this event. Now my daughter has a chance to play in front of multiple collegiate coaches. While at this tournament, she will get the opportunity to meet with a Division 1 soccer coach that is interested in her, and discuss their program. This trip allowed this meeting to happen. THANKS AGAIN UPLIFT ATHLETES!”
-Kalei Lucas

Uplift Athletes is a registered 501(c)(3) based in Bend, Oregon.
EIN: 84-2742738

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