John Ballantine | Co-Founder
Brian Grossman | Co-Founder
Brian has rolled up his sleeves and helped in many different ways when Every Kid Sports (then KIDS in the GAME) came to be. He is passionate about giving kids the chance to play and making a difference in this world. He has over 20 years of professional experience working in start-up, early stage, and advanced company businesses with innovative technologies. Previously, Brian lived and worked in Taipei, Shanghai and Hong Kong during 1993-2002, and is a speaker of Mandarin Chinese.
Brian is legal adviser to Every Kid Sports. He received his Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law and is a member of the Oregon State Bar Association, is a proud graduate of Colorado College. As a co-founder and volunteer of Every Kid Sports, Brian has a vision of providing access to sports programs to underprivileged kids throughout the United States. He is partner to Carrie Allan and dad to her two wonderful kids. He can be found riding his mountain bike, kite boarding, skiing, or trail running with his dogs Inka and Bandit.
Natalie Hummel | Executive Director / Co-Founder
She is super passionate about giving all kids the same opportunities to play sports that she had growing up. Imagining a world without kids in sports drives her passion for launching Every Kid Sports higher. Natalie brings more than 25 years experience of coaching, leading, and consulting a wide-spectrum of CEOs and Senior Executives ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small entrepreneurial start-ups to her work here at KIDS in the GAME. For several years she has served on many different nonprofit organization boards, including the Working Wonders Children’s Museum.
As an athlete from childhood into her adult life, Natalie loves sports of all kinds. She played volleyball through college and played competitive and not-so-competitive softball for years. She brings leadership, technology design, compassion, and team spirit to Every Kid Sports. Natalie is the mother of two beautiful kids and wife to her amazing husband Steve. She has coached her son’s soccer team for several years, leads Girl Scout Trips with her daughter and in her free time enjoys cooking, gardening, kickboxing, mountain biking, hiking, and traveling with her family.
Tara Ballantine | Co-Founder
As one of the founders of KIDS in the GAME, Tara’s greatest gift is asking the question “Is that part of our mission?” She is super passionate about helping kids get active and knows the importance of getting kids in the game at a young age and helping them stay in the game. Tara makes sure we are frugal with our money, that we think before we act and that everyone is treated with respect. Tara is a wealth of great ideas and passion and a force to be reckoned with when ideas come to the table. She has two amazing kids who keep her in line and is married to another founder, John.