Why we do it.
To help kids from low-income families participate in youth sports so that they, too, can experience the positive benefits of playing.
At Every Kid Sports, each of us has experienced the power of sport. From our founders, to our team, to our board of directors, each has their own personal, emotional connection to it, for it, and from it.
What we do.
We help kids play youth sports through The Every Kid Sports Pass.
We pay. Kids play. Since 2010, we’ve been the go-to resource for low-income families by providing financial assistance to get their kids in the game! We’ve approved over 2,000 applications for more than 70 different sports. #wepaykidsplay
How we do it.
We fulfill our purpose and manifest our mission through a dignified, efficient, and proven process that gets kids off the sidelines and into the game. Fast.
With the financial support from individual donors, corporate partnerships, and grants from foundations focused on amplifying the lives of kids through sports, we’re a highly-effective organization, and have been for over a decade.
We’re motivated by the positive aspect of sports participation.
We’re driven by the ecosystem sports creates for increasing the physical, social, and emotional well doing of kids. And the data speaks for itself.
Kids of active moms are 2x more likely to be active, themselves.A survey of 400 female corporate executives revealed that 94% played a sport and 61% shared that sports contributed to their career success.Kids who play sports have fewer emotional and behavioral problems and are less likely to do drugs or have bad body image.
Who’s doing it.
We’re a team of former captains of industry, consultants, marketing wizards, sport celebrities, coaches, and non-profit game-changers with the know-how and no-quit when it comes to fulfilling our purpose and mission.
Natalie Hummel | Executive Director / Co-Founder
Natalie 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.
Bob Trygg | Strategic Initiatives
Bob has a special focus on developing relationships with companies and organizations that share Every Kid Sports’ passion for ensuring that all kids have the opportunity to participate in the physical activities that are critical to a healthy life. Professionally, Bob has over 30 years’ experience in the technology industry, primarily as a program manager for some of the industry leaders in computer hardware and software. He eventually transitioned to the nonprofit sector, where he has spent the last decade focused on programs aiding at-risk and homeless youth.Growing up in what eventually became Silicon Valley, Bob enjoyed all types of sports. In high school he was on his school tennis, golf and cross-country running teams, and continues to have a passion for all types of outdoor activities, especially golf, skiing and mountain biking.Bob and his wife Trudi call Bend, Oregon home and enjoy all the great outdoors activities available in the area.
Tim Gibbons | Sport Outreach Director
Tim is an active, personable and thoughtful professional with more than 35 years of experience coaching endurance sports, working as a sport scientist and leading recreation trail projects.Tim worked in a variety of settings from small colleges to non-profit sport organizations to a large health care organization. His passion is working with talented and motivated athletes and employees to help them achieve excellence. He encourages independence in athletes and employees while providing them with the knowledge, skills and resources to be successful.
Donna Skemp | Accounting and Office Management
Donna has 35 years of experience in finance and accounting. In 2015, Donna joined the Peace Corps, where she helped the Children’s Orphanage in Botswana. She fell in love with Botswana through her work and her rescued pups, Naledi, meaning Star in Tswana, and Ema, which is the verb – to wait; just as she told Ema to wait for her.Donna’s time was cut short in Botswana due to a back infection forcing her to move back to the states and move to Central Oregon; where she found her fit with KIDS in the GAME, now, Every Kid Sports. Donna’s always been active; at 16 years-old Donna biked the entire TransAmerica Bike-centennial Trail from Oregon to Virginia. Donna loves to hike, especially when her adult kids come to visit! Hiking has helped her heal from the back infection.In addition to Every Kid Sports, Donna continues her passion for animals through dedicating her weekends at the Humane Society Thrift Store, raising money for the Central Oregon Human Society and as a part time Esthetician.
Eleana Fanaika | Programs Director
Eleana (pronounced EE-lay-na Fa-Nigh-ka) has a diverse background in youth sports, which includes, coaching, physical education, athletic training, and retail management specializing in sporting goods. Eleana joined the team to connect her passion for sports with her degree in Kinesiology. Eleana spent two years as a student athletic trainer for Arizona State University Football, Softball, and Track, and Field. Eleana has coached youth sports in school, recreational, and club settings. In 2013, Eleana helped the YMCA connect high schools impacted by homelessness and juvenile delinquencies from boy’s and girls’ basketball programs; providing sports as an opportunity for high-risk students to become student-athletes. Eleana grew up playing soccer and volleyball; as well as outdoor adventures in camping, hiking, rock climbing, jet skiing, and wakeboarding. Outside of the office Eleana can be found leisurely biking and hiking around Bend, OR, playing lawn games, and taking Orange Theory classes. Future endeavors include learning to ski and coaching her littles in sports.
Michael Wakatama | Development Director
Michael is an accomplished senior manager with a background in telecommunications and real estate and held leadership roles with CenturyLink, T-Mobile, Time Warner and Comcast.Since 2006, after the birth of his only child (Son), Michael moved into the Real Estate world serving both commercial and residential clients.A former high school and collegiate rugby player, Michael encouraged his son to try a variety of sports all of which his son enjoyed and excelled..This resulted in attending many practices and games along with a heartfelt appreciation for youth sports and the lifelong impact these bring.In 2018, Michael moved into a role with a nonprofit organization which supported children’s initiatives with participation of former professional athletes and then moved into his current role with Every Kid Sports in 2021.Free time is a premium for both him and his son, however they are now learning, playing and enjoying their new sports endeavor – golf!
Amanda Conde | Community Development Manager
Amanda is an advocate for keeping girls in sports and has promoted girls and women athleticism through her work as a freelance photographer and founder of the nonprofit, Soul Sister Cycling.An outdoor enthusiast, Amanda is an avid mountain biker and nordic skier and has completed several adventure races. She considers herself a late-bloomer as far as athletics go but realized her life changed when she discovered sports and now serves as a volunteer for Bend Endurance Academy and Meissner Nordic Community Trails. Amanda enjoys watching her two kids’ ski racing and soccer games and spending time with her husband on the mountain bike trails in Bend.
Tiffany Cook | Director of Marketing
Tiffany is a marketing and public relations professional with over 16 years of experience in business development and public relations across small and medium businesses and Fortune 500 companies. She holds a Bachelors degree in Corporate Communications and a Masters in Public Relations. Throughout her career she has led brand engagement, customer facing initiatives, public relations strategy, global events, and corporate social responsibility initiatives in the technology industry. The key to her success has been her tenacity and ability to build relationships with people.Tiffany grew up all over the world due to her fathers 25-year career in the United States Air Force. Sports often bridged the gap in meeting new friends in various destinations. She played softball, gymnastics, and dance during her youth, in addition to flag football and kickball during her adulthood. Her daughter is active in track, tumbling, and soccer, where she served as a coach for 2 seasons.Outside of work, Tiffany likes to travel, reading, and spending time with her family.
Alie Bolt | Executive Assistant
Alie graduated from Miami University in Ohio and has a background in marketing and commercial real estate. She is passionate about girls’ involvement in sports and believes that sports helped her find her confidence as a kid. Growing up in Colorado, Alie often spent her free time skiing with her family. She also enjoyed playing soccer, field hockey, tennis and basketball
Michael Price | Operations Manager/IT Director
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Michael is an information technology and operations specialist that brings over two decades of professional experience to Every Kids Sports. He has worked with companies at every stage of their life cycle from startups, small/medium businesses, to the enterprise and is passionate about using technology to bring people and processes together in order to transform organizations. Growing up, his passion was playing soccer and he is now involved in coaching at the youth level. He is also an avid fan of the Portland Timbers. Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Michael currently resides in Bend, Oregon with his two children. He spends his free time surfing, snowboarding, and mountain biking.
Meet our Board of Directors.
The Every Kid Sports board was curated through the right mix of character, capabilities, and esprit de corps. Through the collective brilliance of the talents and gifts of each board member, our organization not only exudes the Every Kid Sports mission, but operates as an organization as such––a unique experience in these times.
The Every Kid Sports board consists of industry leaders in sports broadcast journalism, the non-profit industry, executive-level finance and marketing, and leadership coaching. As important, each of our board members are active participants in sport. As former college athletes and current weekly warriors, our board members not only talk the talk, they swim, bike, run, lift, kick, and serve it, too.
Arch Fuston | Board PresidentArch Fuston is a lifelong athlete, corporate wellness architect, and now, a leadership coach and consultant. A multi-time IRONMAN finisher, former collegiate volleyball player, and avid mountain biker, his continued passion as an active participant in sports sets the tone for our board’s authenticity.Arch has been connected to the Every Kid Sports organization since our beginning, but from the corporate side. His creation of the ACTIVEx Wellness Program partnered with EveryKidSports as their official charity, raising over $500,000 and activating thousands of kids.Why Every Kid Sports?“The innate benefits of sport–physically, socially, and emotionally. Whether a kid goes on to a life rooted in sport, it has the opportunity to shape us in ways that are unique to the social structures of life. Pair that with solid sport leadership, an environment free of fear and failure, we can shape not only healthy kids, but healthy outlooks on life. Every Kid Sports provides that access.”A favorite sports memory as a kid“The night before my first Pee-Wee football game. I slept in my jersey and tucked a football. I had dreams of running the option at Nebraska.”
Jenn Brown | Board MemberJenn Brown is a two-time Emmy Award winning sports broadcaster, mother of two boys, wife and entrepreneur. She is best known as the first female correspondent for Inside the NFL, a former host & reporter for ESPN, host of American Ninja Warrior and currently covering Bellator MMA. Health, Motherhood, Technology and Lifestyle obsessed – Jenn will show you the most efficient way of getting the job done well.Why Every Kid Sports?“Playing sports has shaped every aspect of who I am today. I cannot imagine where I would be without it. Every kid deserves that same chance to play.”
Bonnie Bernstein | Board MemberBonnie Bernstein is recognized by the American Sportscasters Association as one of the most accomplished female journalists in her field. Bernstein is the founder of Walk Swiftly Productions, her latest endeavor in a career that has spanned nearly two decades on-air with ESPN and CBS, covering the NFL, NBA, MLB and college football and basketball.Why Every Kid Sports?“I’ve done enough work in the youth health and wellness space to understand the over-arching impact of physical activity on children. It’s about so much more than obesity. Unfortunately, many schools across America lack funding for sports programming and many struggling families can’t cover team registration fees. That’s where Every Kid Sports can help, and I’m honored to align with people who are genuinely committed to making a difference.”A favorite sports memory as a kid“One of my favorite memories as an athlete growing up has nothing to do with actual competition, per se. When I was little, my dad would give me these adorable good luck notes before my gymnastics meets. They featured his signature, hand-drawn little stick figures (with ponytails!) of me nailing my routines on the various events. I always loved them… they enforced the images I needed to mentally envision to succeed. Nothing quite like something that’s homemade and from the heart to offer a little extra motivation and inspiration!”
Gordon Heneweer | Board MemberGordon is an accomplished and results-oriented financial executive. His excellent business acumen and proven track record of achievement and performance in the areas of corporate and operational finance functions keep our financials fit.Gordon brings with him a love of sports of all kinds and a passion for creating the level playing field so every kid gets their chance to play.Why Every Kid Sports?”“I learned numerous life lessons through my participation in youth sports. These experiences have been invaluable and shaped my life in a very positive way. All youth should have the opportunity to be active in sports programs regardless of income.”A favorite sports memory as a kid:“While I was very active in organized youth sports programs, my favorite memory is playing endless pickup games (basketball, baseball, soccer, etc.) at the local sports park. On the way home, the losing teams always bought a 7-11 slurpy for the winners.”
Erin Stender | Board MemberErin Stender is a brilliant marketing executive with roles at ACTIVE Network, Evernote, Classy, and Bodybuilding.com. She brings a purposeful passion for sport and the opportunities it creates. Her motivation to work with Every Kid Sports is to make a positive impact on the next generation by giving them the chance to play and have fun.Why Every Kid Sports?“Our time may be finite, but our impact doesn’t have to be. I believe wholeheartedly in the opportunities, lessons learned, and skills gained through physical activity and believe Every Kid Sports has the potential to create a lifelong impact on the future leaders of our world.”A favorite sports memory as a kid:“When I think about my favorite childhood sports memories, I am lucky to have many come to mind. From tennis lessons with my grandfather, to long days at diving and swim meets, to hot, weekend-long tournaments of soccer, softball and field hockey, and to summer camps filled with horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and rock climbing. My youth is filled with sports memories that shaped me into the athlete I am today.”
Betsy Butterick | Board MemberBetsy Butterick a coach and communication specialist. She works with individuals ready to improve and teams of all kinds ~ from the locker room to the boardroom. A former collegiate basketball player, Betsy thrives on creating opportunities that level the playing field.Why Every Kid Sports?“I can’t imagine my life without sports and hold immense gratitude for the gifts a sporting experience gives young people as they grow and develop. And while I can’t imagine my life without sports, I have a very real understanding of financial scarcity and the limitations it imposes on an individuals opportunities. Kids were meant to play – we all are – and helping Every Kid Sports remove financial barriers and gift kids access to experiences that will change their lives warms my heart.”A favorite sports memory as a kid:“My first glove was my mom’s old softball glove from high school. The leather was faded and worn, but it had character. In High School my mom had written the names of guys she dated inside the pocket of the glove, and I loved the fact that of the few names in there, my dad’s name (Jeff) was written several times. Mom & Dad met in High School, got married when they were 19 and 20, and have been each other’s best friends ever since.”
Brandon Moreno | Board MemberBrandon Moreno is a passionate community difference-maker focusing on helping group leaders get back to doing what they love, instead of spending time managing fundraisers. His prior experience as community relations manager for the San Francisco 49ers provides us a depth of knowledge so valuable to a board.Why Every Kid Sports?“I chose to be a team member for Every Kid Sports because the organization focuses on area that has been neglected… The Pregame! There are thousands of young athletes that aren’t able to take the first step towards playing sports because their families can’t afford the fees associated with the program. If families are allowed to put that worry aside, then the athlete can simply concentrate on competing and having fun.”A favorite sports memory as a kid:“My Grandmother raised me. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to attend my sporting events. My biggest supporter, and father figure, was my Track Coach…Mr. Imperial. As a Senior at Archbishop Riordan HS, I was attempting a new PR in the High Jump at a very competitive invitational. I took my approach, jumped over that bar…landed on the pit and watched it bounce. It didn’t fall off! I immediately ran towards Mr. Imperial, as he was running towards me. He hugged me as if he was my own father and told me how proud he was of me. I placed 1st that day and proudly walked off the field with my medal.”
Nick Swisher | Board MemberNick Swisher is a former MLB All Star and World Series champion. An Ohio State product, he was a power hitter with excellent plate discipline, Swisher hit at least 20 home runs in nine consecutive seasons from 2005 to 2013. Both an outfielder and first baseman, Swisher was known for his switch hitting as well as the way he played the game. His impressive career saw him play for the Oakland Athletics, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves. He is currently an analyst for both FOX Baseball on FS1 and CBS, in addition to being special advisor to Brian Cashman at the New York Yankees, where he is still heavily involved in developing the next generation of All Stars.
Meet our founders.
John Ballantine | Co-Founder
Brian Grossman | Co-Founder
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
Our history of doing it.
Since 2009, we’ve been on a mission to get every kid in sports.
We transition our organization from KIDS in the GAME to Every Kid Sports
We launch the T-Mobile Little League® Call Up Grant We helped over 5,500 kids throughout the USA get registered for baseball, softball or challenger division of Little League®.
We partner with PHIT America and the Julia Love Pritt Foundation to provide the Pacific Northwest Pass
Nike Connects with us to Create Federal Employee Pass
We partner with PHIT America to launch AMPED
We create AMPED, a school-based running programPartnering with PHIT America we developed a running program. Provided to schools across the nation, AMPED presents Title I schools the opportunity to incorporated additional physical education into everyday practice.
We partner with PHIT America to launch the Holiday Go! GrantThe Holiday Go! Grant provided the gift of activity to elementary and middle schools. Through a <5-minute application process, schools were provided curriculum and gear to help their students increase their activity.
We expand The Pass Program into Portland, ORIn partnership with Nike, Nautilus, Reeser Fine Foods, and PacificSource, the KIDS in the GAME Pass program was made accessible to qualifying families.
Year two of the PHIT America Go! Grant partnershipThe first year success of the GO! Grant continued into year two, with an additional 445 schools applying for grants.
Launch of the PHIT America Go! Grant partnershipIn partnership with the Sports Fitness Industry Association and over 20 sports brands, PHIT America launches the GO! Grant, helping schools to bring back physical activity before, during, and after school.
ACTIVE Network launches the ACTIVEx PassIn partnership with the Sports Fitness Industry Association and over 20 sports brands, PHIT America launches the GO! Grant, helping schools to bring back physical activity before, during, and after school.
Honoring Jack PintoKIDS in the GAME had the privilege of honoring Jack Pinto, a remarkable young man who lost his life in the Sandy Hook school shooting. Jack’s parents made a donation to KIDS in the GAME in his honor, as playing sports was his favorite thing.
ACTIVE Network chooses us as charity of choiceACTIVEx, the employee engagement program of ACTIVE Network, selected KIDS in the GAME as the sole beneficiary of their annual ACTIVEx Charity Challenge, which raised over $70,000 to help San Diego, CA kids play sports.
We produce the Inspireum Soccer AwardsOur awards program was expanded to include the country’s most inspirational soccer players.
Our non-profit status is received
Trusted Sports produces “The Rudy Awards”Trusted Sports bursts into the sports scene with “The Rudy Awards,” a high school football award program that recognized the most inspirational high school football players across the country.