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Each season the Nashville Predators Foundation spotlights four grant recipients that do tremendous work in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee community. This year the Foundation board selected four unique and devoted organizations to partner with –Best Buddies, Girls on the Run Nashville, Monroe Harding and Siloam Family Health Center. These organizations will receive exclusive opportunities throughout the season including in-arena drives, Predators participation in events, tickets to home games, recognition in team publications as well as other unique opportunities.

The Nashville Predators will host collection drives at Bridgestone Arena for each charity during the season. Specific collection details will be posted closer to date.

The feature charities for the 2010-2011 season are:

Best Buddies

Website: www.bestbuddiestennessee.org

Predators Game Event: Toy Drive
Saturday, February 19 vs. Phoenix

Mission Statement: Best Buddies’ mission is to establish a global volunteer movement to create opportunities for one-to-one friendships and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Counties/States served: Best Buddies currently has high school and college programs in Davidson, Rutherford, and Jefferson counties, and will be expanding soon to Williamson and other surrounding counties. Best Buddies also offers e-buddies in all counties across the state.

About Best Buddies: Best Buddies is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering one-to-one friendships between people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their non-disabled peers. Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,500 college, high school and middle school campuses across the country and internationally.

Did you know? Best Buddies hosts an annual International Leadership Conference for chapter leaders, with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities, from high schools and colleges worldwide. The Conference provides the students with personalized training that develops the leadership skills needed to organize a Best Buddies chapter. Through numerous breakout sessions, attendees enhance their knowledge of the Best Buddies movement by learning about and discussing topics including: the global disability rights movement, tolerance, inclusion, advocacy, professionalism, public speaking, time management, fundraising, and volunteer management.

How the Predators Foundation grant money will be used: The Predators Foundation grant will be used to cover the costs for 7 chapter leaders to attend the 21st annual International Leadership Conference on July 23-26, 2010 at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.

Girls on the Run® Nashville

Website: www.gotrnashville.org

Predators Game Event: School Supply Drive
Saturday, March 19 vs. Detroit

Mission Statement:
To inspire, educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect, positive relationships and healthy active living.

Counties/States Served: Davidson, Sumner and Williamson counties

About Girls on the Run: Girls on the Run ® and Girls on Track ® are developmentally focused youth sport (DYS) programs that use the power of running to provide 3rd-8th grade girls with the necessary tools to embrace their individual strengths and prevent future at risk behavior. Trained volunteer coaches lead twice weekly after school sessions, guiding and mentoring girls through fun interactive activities. The uplifting curriculum, designed by licensed social worker/athletes, incorporates training for a 5k (3.1 mile) event with lessons such as making healthy decisions, resisting peer pressure, body image and the media, the value of cooperation and community. Valuing positive attitudes and perseverance over running ability, the non-competitive program celebrates each girl as she strives to do her personal best. All our girls are winners!

Did you know? Each girl has a volunteer adult Running Buddy/ mentor, who paces her through a practice 5k and the end of season 5k. Established in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1996, today there are over 150 Girls on the Run programs across North America. Girls on the Run Nashville began in 2007. In 2011, Girls on the Run Nashville expects to serve 336 girls.

How the Predators Foundation Grant money will be used:
1) To fund scholarships for 12 girls who would not otherwise be able to participate, at East Park Community Center
2) To fund the cost of revised coach curricula for all programs, volunteer training manuals, Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 Coach trainings

Monroe Harding, Inc.

Website: www.monroeharding.org

Predators Game Event: Household Supply Drive
Saturday, March 26 vs. Dallas

Mission Statement: Monroe Harding partners with at-risk youth and families to provide a bridge toward independence and success.

Counties served: Monroe Harding primarily serves youth and families in Middle Tennessee but does annually serve other young people from throughout the state.

About Monroe Harding: The mission is accomplished through programs in elementary schools, foster care and adoption services, residential housing and a center for youth aging out of state custody. Project SHARE helps keep elementary students engaged in school by matching at-risk students with adult mentors. RSI provides an array of therapeutic foster care and adoptions services for children of all ages. Children and youth in the RSI program are placed in private foster homes throughout all of middle Tennessee. On-campus and Independent Living residential programs include progressively independent levels of living experiences for teens and young adults who have been removed from their homes. Youth Connections is a resource center for those who are between the ages of 18 and 23 and have previously been in foster care. The center provides assistance with housing, employment, well-being, education, financial literacy and an on-site thrift store.

Did you know?
Each year in Middle Tennessee there are approximately 1200 children in foster care. Many of these children are older teens and approximately 750 youth in Tennessee “age out” of the foster care system annually. Research shows that the average age of independence in the United States is 26. Each year, Monroe Harding serves over 850 youth, children and their families. 93 percent of all children in custody or their parent have either a mental health diagnosis and/or substance abuse issues. While 67 percent of children had parents who were or had been incarcerated and 63 percent of the children had little or no relationship with their fathers.

How the Predators Foundation money will be used: Throughout the year educational classes and enrichment activities take place each evening and on the weekend. Enrichment activities include participation in civic engagement (volunteerism), educational outings to places such as local museums and company/business tours. The Nashville Predators Foundation funding will support the special events and activities for our residential youth.

Siloam Family Health Center

Website: www.siloamhealth.org

Predators Game Event: Cough Medicine Drive
Saturday, February 5 vs. Detroit

Mission Statement: The mission of Siloam Family Health Center is to share the love of Christ by serving those in need through health care.

Counties/State served: Siloam patients live in Davidson County and the nine surrounding counties.

About Siloam Family Health Center: Since 1991, Siloam Family Health Center, a faith-based, volunteer-supported clinic, has provided high-quality, affordable health care for the uninsured and underserved. Thanks to a network of generous specialists, hospitals and diagnostic centers, Siloam provides the full spectrum of comprehensive care, enabling it to treat some of the sickest uninsured patients in Middle Tennessee. Care is designed to treat the whole person – body, mind and spirit – by integrating behavioral health and pastoral care into the primary clinic setting. More than 450 volunteers help 30 staff meet patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Thanks to these volunteers and generous community donors, the clinic’s low-income patients are able to pay on a sliding fee scale. Siloam does not receive any federal funds to reimburse indigent care.

Did you know?
-150,000 children in Tennessee do not have any health insurance – that is one in 10!
-87% of uninsured children are from working families.
-Siloam is the medical home for more than 900 of these children.

How the Predators Foundation Grant Money will be used:
High-quality pediatric health care is necessary for children to have the best possible start in life. The Predators Foundation grant will subsidize immunization for 272 uninsured, low-income children, allowing them to receive this necessary service at a price their parents can afford.