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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 2011-12 season are:

Backfield in Motion, Inc.

Website: www.backfieldinmotion.org

Predators Game Event: School Supply Drive (Daily Planners, Number 2 pencils, Colored pencils, Pens (blue or black), Cap erasers & pink Pearl erasers, Loose Leaf Paper (tablets), wide rule, Graph paper, 3 x 3 note cards); Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Mission Statement: Backfield in Motion is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that combines academics and athletics to inspire inner-city boys, ages 10 to 18 to reach their maximum potential in order to become significant contributors to society.

Counties/States served: Davidson County

About Backfield in Motion: Backfield in Motion provides after-school, Saturday school and summer school programming to 150 inner-city youth at-risk of school failure in Nashville, Tennessee. The uniqueness of our programs is the emphasis on reading, math, science and character building to help boys achieve life skills and a new level of excellence in the classroom.

Did you know? Our academic and athletic programs help boys achieve life skills and a new level of excellence in the classroom. The ultimate goal is for each participant to graduate and earn a high school diploma. Additionally, training in life skills is the focal point of our programs teaching boys how to turn away from criminal temptation, and turn instead to the freedom of moral values by teaching:

Responsibility: Accountability for your actions
Smart Moves: The choices you make
Sportsmanship: Playing by the rules
Self-control: Remaining calm in situations
Teamwork: Together everyone achieves more
Goal Setting: Deciding what you want to achieve and taking steps to reach it

How the Predators Foundation grant money will be used: The Predators Foundation grant will be used to cover the costs our Saturday School program. Each Saturday during the school year 150 boys attend classes on the Montgomery Bell Campus through our partnership with MBA. Academic classes are conducted in the morning session and seasonal sporting activities during the afternoon.

Cottage Cove Urban Ministries

Website: www.CottageCove.org

Predators Game Event: Cleaning supplies and/or playground & sports equipment (everything from basket, dodge, and soccer balls, to tennis balls and hockey sticks, etc); Thursday, January 5, 2012

Mission Statement:
Cottage Cove’s mission is to provide educational opportunities and training in the arts through the power and in the name of Jesus Christ.

Counties/States Served: Cottage Cove is focused on helping at-risk children and teens in Nashville (Davidson County).

About Cottage Cove: Cottage Cove is a non-profit organization providing a free daily out-of-school program for at-risk children. Our safe and caring environment provides children with skills and resources they need to not merely survive but rather to thrive. Since 1995 our program has included homework help, tutoring, life-skills classes, music (voice, instruments), art, woodworking, Bible-Study, supervised recreations and more. Additionally we have a teen focused program called C4.

Did you know? Cottage Cove works with approximately 70 children each day! Most children in our program for 3 or more years are on their school’s honor roll. It takes hundreds of volunteers per year to make our program happen. Eighty percent of our annual funding comes from individual gifts.

How the Predators Foundation Grant money will be used:
The Predators Foundation grant will be used to purchase two aluminum soccer goals and enhanced field lighting for our playground/recreation field.

Hands On Nashville

Website: www.hon.org

Predators Game Event: Garden Supply Drive (Suggested Donations: Hand Tools, Rain Ponchos, Gloves); Thursday, February 23, 2012 vs. Saint Louis

Mission Statement: Hands On Nashville’s mission is to meet community needs through volunteerism.

Counties served: Hands On Nashville offers volunteer programming for all Middle Tennesseans with a focus on Davidson, Williamson, Montgomery, Rutherford, and Cannon counties.

About Hands On Nashville: Celebrating its 20th year as Middle Tennessee’s volunteer resource center, Hands On Nashville is the largest mobilizer of volunteers among all HandsOn Network affiliates worldwide. In 2010, HON connected nearly 200,000 volunteers to service. Facilitating volunteer work for 400-plus Middle Tennessee nonprofits, schools, and government agencies, HON supports 25 critical community needs ranging from hunger and homelessness to at-risk youth and animal welfare. HON challenges everyone to find a way to give back and to … Be the Change. Volunteer.

Did you know? It’s easy to start volunteering with Hands On Nashville today.
 1. Visit HON.org.
 2. Create a volunteer account in the Member Center.
 3. There are three ways to volunteer:
      a. PROJECT CALENDAR ~ Volunteer in one of 150+ projects managed by HON each month. Select the opportunities you’re interest in at time and locations that fit your schedule.
      b. VOLUNTEER CLASSIFIEDS ~ Search for opportunities managed by HON’s partner agencies. These service projects allow you to develop a deeper relationship with the nonprofit and those being served.
      c. SKILLS-BASED VOLUNTEERING ~ View a list of opportunities and share your specialized skills with a nonprofit.
 4. Register for the service opportunity that appeals to you.

How the Predators Foundation money will be used: The Predators Foundation investment purchases gardening supplies for Fit 2 Serve, a multi-year initiative that engages youth ages 11 to 18 in combating childhood obesity through education, movement, and volunteerism.

The National Wheelcats, Inc. (Youth Sled Hockey)

Website: www.nationalwheelcats.org

Predators Game Event: Hockey Equipment Drive; Tuesday, October 25, 2011 vs San Jose Sharks

Mission Statement: Our mission is threefold
1.) Inspiring disabled people in making a contribution to society, becoming independent, and living a normal useful life.
2.) Enjoying nationally promoted sports for the physical and, equally important, social advantages
3.) Educating and encouraging disabled individuals at an early age to pursue the fullest use of their abilities.

Counties/State served: Based in Southern Kentucky and Middle Tennessee, the National Wheelcats Inc. sponsors over 75 athletes throughout the nation including Ohio and Missouri.

About The National Wheelcats, Inc.: The Nashville Handicappers were originally formed in November 1957 by several people interested in playing wheelchair basketball. The nucleus of the team consisted of William "H" McCormack, his brother Doug McCormack, John Boone, Jr. Marvin Pugh, Doc Wallace, and Louis Winn. Recruitment began by reaching out to spinal cord injuries, disabled veterans, polio patients, M.S. patients, and amputees. By the beginning of the 1958-59 season there were eleven new players and the team became the Nashville Wheelcats.

In 1970 H McCormack, the chief fund raiser for the organization, decided that the organization should branch out to fund track and field activities. By the mid-1980s various individuals and teams were sponsored from across the United States, and were participating in numerous and varied sporting events. In 1985 the name of the organization was changed from Nashville Wheelcats to National Wheelcats to reflect broader participation.

Did you know? The Sled Preds Youth Hockey team is only one of numerous sponsored sporting activities available to kids and adults with disabilities throughout the region. During the year adults and youth participate in water ski clinics, tennis, basketball, softball, & fishing tournaments, road racing and handcycling events just to name a few.

How the Predators Foundation Grant Money will be used:
The Predators Foundation grant will be used to purchase equipment and ice time for the Nashville Youth Sled Hockey team, aka the Sled Preds.