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Gaining Valuable Life Lessons Through Sports

By Gretchen Althoff Snyder Article: Start with a group of friends from Princeton with a passion for sports and an inherent desire to give back to those less fortunate. Add generous community partners, countless volunteers, and a whole lot of dedication and hard work. The result is

Students participate for annual Playsmart Academy

Seventh- and eighth-grade students from across Nebraska came to Omaha for the annual Playsmart Academy.

mQuarterly Spotlight on PlaySmart

Since 1997 Playsmart has been providing athletic and academic opportunities to American’s youth, and in Nebraska we remain committed to this mission and welcome you to join us in our efforts. On June 5-9, we host our annual Playsmart Academy at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in South Omaha.

GOSC Sponsorship

The Greater Omaha Sports Committee is a Non-Profit 501(c) 3 founded in 1977. The committee consists of more than 200 key executive, sports minded people who wish to see the Sports in Omaha flourish.

PlaySmart Fall Harvest Iron Chef Event

PlaySmart Fall Harvest Iron Chef Event October 15, 2016 6:00pm to 10:00pm Werner Valley Lodge Valley, NE Derek & Nicole Leathers invite you to Iron Chef [addtoany] Some of the area’s top chefs will compete for the chance for their dish to be dubbed “Omaha’s Best Bite.”

Accelerated Reader City Challenge

The Elkhorn Playsmart Leadership Academy students decided to do an AR challenge. They called it the AR CITY CHALLENGE. In all 4 middle schools there are roughly 2,000 student combined. We have schools that have populations of 21% poverty and others that have less than 2% poverty.

Swing for Charity Golf Fund Raiser

Register Online for the 8th Feltz Wealthplan Swing for Charity Proceeds Benefiting Angels Among Us helps families of children battling cancer by attempting to reduce the amount of stress in their lives so they can focus more of their attention on their children. We attempt to accomplish

Muddy Good Time at Brains & Brawn

Inaugural Event draws 250 Kids! Over 250 Tampa Bay area kids took part in the inaugural Brains and Brawn KIDS Adventure Run and Challenge Course.  The course featured mud runs, tire rolls, climbs and slides, water tunnels, a wooded run, rope carry challenge, low and high jumps

PlaySmart’s Taste and Toast

PlaySmart’s Taste and Toast Join Derek and Nicole Leathers and the PlaySmart Omaha Advisory Board members for this elegant evening of wine tasting, great food, silent and live auction and fun.  Wine will be available for purchase! Bring your charitable spirit to help support PlaySmart youth programs

PlaySmart launched its first Academy in Rye, NY

This summer PlaySmart launched its first Academy in Rye, NY. Check out the great video here!

“Through These Gates” – Nebraska Football Documentary Screening

“Through These Gates” – Nebraska Football Documentary Screening Sell Tickets Online through Eventbrite

Another Historic Summer for PlaySmart

PlaySmart Academies held in Six different Cities! Beginning in Omaha and Denver and ending in New York, this has been one busy summer PlaySmart.  Our flagship program  was enjoyed by hundreds of kids across the country.   The program reached four cities in 2012 and this year saw

PlaySmart Supports Student Athletes

Scholarships to be given throughout the year PlaySmart is making good on it’s commitment to support young people not only on the playing field or court but also in the classroom and in the community.  PlaySmart is sponsoring the Omaha Sports Commission Scholar Athlete program which makes

Sips for Sports a Success!

Event gets bigger and better each year! Close to 100 guests enjoyed fine wines and gourmet food at the Manursing Island Club in Rye, New York for the annual Sips for Sports event. The event raises funds for PlaySmart’s New York and New Jersey programs and outreach.

Lids Foundation Awards PlaySmart 10K!

PlaySmart recently was named a national semi-finalist for the Lids’ Tip the Hat Award recognizing top organizations around the country for their work keeping kids healthy and active. Lids, the hat and sports apparel company launched the first ever Tip the Hat Award this year and received

PlaySmart Shines at Spin for Kids!

The sun was shining for the 2013 Spin for Kids in St. Petersburg as 125 participants rode for a great cause! On the shore of the St. Petersburg waterfront, vendors, sponsors and guests were treated to great weather, top instructors, BBQ lunch and silent auction items.  A

All kids should play…

Whether it is the fall with kids playing football and soccer or spring with baseball, softball and basketball,  while thousands of kids around the country are playing ball, many simply can’t afford to do so.  Not only is the registration cost a challenge but having the proper

Join the PlaySmart Team!

Become a Financial Supporter! From corporate supporters like the Tampa Bay Rays to individual  donors, it really does take a team to fuel PlaySmart’s mission. Through the years, we have been afforded such great financial support around the country.  However, like the need in the communities that

PlaySmart OKC supports girls’ basketball team

The PlaySmart OKC Advisory Board is pleased to announce its support of the Classen School of Advanced Studies girls’ basketball team with a $1500 sponsorship grant. The grant will be used to purchase a shooting machine and other items needed for the program.  

LINK Students visit Princeton!

On a beautiful fall day in October, 20 middle school honor students and their chaperones from the LINK school in Newark, NJ visited Princeton University for a campus tour and to be guests at the Tiger’s homecoming football game. PlaySmart has had close to a decade old

Charity bowl with NY Jets a Success!

For the last several years, PlaySmart has been one of three charities to be involved with the NY Jets Charity Bowl.  This year was no exception as Jet’s tight end Dustin Keller continued the event at Chelsea Piers.  The Dustin Kellar Charity bowl featured auction items, autograph

‘Swing for Charity’ a Big Success!

It could not have been a more picture perfect day when the golfers took the course to kick off the 7th annual Swing for Charity golf tournament presented by Feltz Wealthplan in Omaha. The day was filled with fun, laughter and a bit of competition between the

PlaySmart helps kids learn to swim and build self-confidence

Core to PlaySmart’s mission is to ensure that all kids have fundamental life skills – swimming is one of those skills! PlaySmart made it possible for over 125 kids in Irvington, NJ to join the local swimming program. Not only did kids learn water safety and swimming

Omaha Launches full Academy!

PlaySmart Omaha took a big step forward by implementing a two-week, full day Academy this past summer.  The Academy was held at the University of Nebraska-Omaha which provided great facilities as the program was held during the hottest days of the year. Over 40 local youth, many

PlaySmart empowers Nothing But Net!

The PlaySmart Omaha Advisory Board continued it support of the Nothing but Net Foundation with a 2012 partner grant.  This support enables youth to participate in a youth basketball league, afterschool activities and summer enrichment programs.  PlaySmart has supported NBN for several years in a row. Nothing

PlaySmart continues support of Playmakers Mentoring Program

PlaySmart is a proud supporter of the Playmakers Mentoring Program.  In July, youth participants attended a Playmakers football camp which uses Values Based Coaching methods that all of their coaches are trained to use.  The PlaySmart kids will are matched with a Captain who is trained in

Another great summer in Tampa!

65 local middle school youth in Tampa participated in the PlaySmart Academy for two weeks.  For the second year in a row, the Academy was held in partnership with Blake High School.  Blake staff member and PlaySmart supporter Coach Kenneth Muldrow served as staff member along with

OKC Academy a big hit!

PlaySmart OKC hosted its first Academy this past summer!  The Academy was held at the University of Central Oklahoma for 5 days.  Over 30 local middle school youth participated in the program that featured various sports, rock climbing, like skills instruction, amazing guest speakers and a day

Coach for Kids!

During the 2010-2011 school year, PlaySmart sponsored Coach for Kids!  Coach for Kids is an initiative started by the non-profit Wellness in Schools and supported by PlaySmart.  Wellness in schools was founded by New York City public school parents who seek to educate NYC school children, their

Lives Under Construction

In 2010-11, PlaySmart partnered with Andre Hudson, a top Florida-based trainer to provide young athletes an opportunity to train as professionals, using the latest techniques and state of the art equipment. This 8-week camp consisted of 24 sessions (3 per week), with approximately 30 of the top