We provide youth sports grants to kids from income-restricted families 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!

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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 and Co-Founder

Natalie is super passionate about giving every kid the chance to play sports. She helped start Every Kid Sports when she learned that only 22% of income-restricted kids were playing sports today with the number one obstacle being they couldn’t afford to. She felt like something had to be done. Natalie has been a lifelong athlete playing multiple sports in high school and going on to play D1 Volleyball for Colorado State University. Sports has helped shape her into the leader she is today. Natalie brings more than 30 years of experience 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 at Every Kid Sports. 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 kid’s soccer teams, helped lead her daughter’s Girl Scout troop and in her free time enjoys cooking, gardening, kickboxing, mountain biking, hiking, and traveling with her family.

Eleana Fanaika | Program Director

Eleana has a diverse background in sports; including, 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 K-12 schools, recreational programs, and club settings. In 2013, Eleana helped the YMCA connect high schools impacted by homelessness and juvenile delinquencies to participate in 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 Price | Operations Manager and 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. Michael currently resides in Bend, Oregon with his two children. He spends his free time surfing, snowboarding, and mountain biking.

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.

James Suri | Director of Marketing and Communications 

James is a communications and marketing professional who is passionate about helping others. Fortunate to have the opportunity to play sports his whole life, James knows the benefits and life lessons that come with access to youth sports. After developing and delivering successful public relations and marketing strategies for pharmaceutical, biotech and private utility companies, James brings his experience to the Every Kid Sports team with the goal to provide every kid with the opportunity to play youth sports. Much of James’ life has revolved around sports, playing soccer in England as a child, through university and still today in the U.S. James wholeheartedly believes that the lessons and experiences kids can encounter through sports can set them up for a lifetime of success. James lives in Bend, Or with his wonderful wife and enjoys hiking, playing soccer, kayaking, paddle boarding and traveling.

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 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 raising money for the Central Oregon Human Society, fostering dogs and as a part time Esthetician.

Natasha Grim | Client Success Manager

Natasha grew up in San Diego around the salt and sun. It was here that she learned how to surf and learned what community could look like in an urban setting through sports. She was a tri-sport varsity athlete in high school and worked as an adaptive aquatics instructor for UCP at the age of 18. Natasha graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz with a degree in Ecology and went on to be an outdoor educator, ski instructor, and adaptive sports coach. Working with humans outside and helping them navigate all of the wonderful mysteries and challenges of using a body for play has been a passion and a driving force in her quest to help as many people as possible experience our world in a positive way. When Natasha is not answering emails you can find her on the slopes skiing, backpacking with too many “essentials”, rock climbing on warm days, making art, volunteering, or spending quality time with friends and family.

Bryce Elliott | Community Development Manager

Bryce grew up in Thousand Oaks, CA and played multiple youth sports each year. Not only did he get to experience the positive benefits of playing sports, his character was shaped by his parents and their friends, career educators and coaches. He spent summers at Lake Almanor and winters skiing on Mt. Lassen and Mt. Bachelor. Bryce played football and met his wife Kally at UC Davis. After graduating Bryce had the privilege of teaching and coaching with Marijon Ancich, the second winningest high-school football coach in CA history. That experience spring-boarded a life-long enjoyment of coaching youth and high-school sports. His professional career has been spent working for schools, nonprofits, and service oriented companies. Bryce and Kally sought adventure, by living across the country for 18 years, in Atlanta, Knoxville, and on Long Island. They have four kids and moved to Bend to finally live close to family. Joining Every Kid Sports feels like playing for a sports team – a team representing the absolute best of what sports has to offer everyone.

Lisa Mauvais | Partner Success Manager

Lisa has a passion for helping others with over 25 years experience in corporate training and learning & development. Being raised by a single mother with five children and limited financial resources, Lisa knows first-hand the positive impact of sports on a child’s social skills and well being–but also the financial obstacles some parents face keeping their children involved in sports. She considers herself lucky to have grown up playing soccer, basketball, and competitive softball. Lisa’s community board service includes her own children’s swim team board, soccer board, football booster, and PTCO. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her two amazing kids, Siena and Cole, and awesome husband Brad and Louis their yellow lab. She enjoys skiing, biking, hiking, running up hills, group exercise classes and traveling with her family.

Tiffany Cook | Business Strategist
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.

Ana Reynolds | Latinx Outreach Director

Ana was born and raised in Barinas, Venezuela. She is a sports and exercise professional who is currently working on her master’s in Human Relations in Public and Nonprofit Organizations. Ana is passionate about advocating for minorities and kids, and passionate about languages. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

She had the opportunity to run D2 Cross Country at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and has been an advocate for sports participation in youth ever since. Ana loves biking, running, swimming, and tennis. In her free time, you can find her taking a class at OrangeTheory, trying a new restaurant in Oklahoma City, or cuddling with her corgis while reading a book.

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.”

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.

Why Every Kid Sports?“I am pumped to be a board member with Every Kid Sports. I am humbled to share my experiences and hopefully motivate kids to find the best parts of themselves and earn the rewards of discipline and hard work that being an athlete provides. Coming from humble beginnings in West Virginia, I know first hand the possibilities and world that opens up through athletics. I am inspired to elevate and guide a kid’s determination and talent to help them see how this can benefit not just their game, but the entirety of their life beyond sports. I myself am energized by the mission of Every Kid Sport and excited to pay forward my love of the game and all of the valuable insight I have gained over my lifetime.”

Our founders.

John Ballantine | Co-Founder

In 2008, John was taking his kids to enroll in youth sports and was asked to coach. He realized the world has changed; when he was a kid, he played outside every day. He learned, 62% of kids today are not playing sports due to financial constraints and PE and recess are being removed from schools to meet demands of state testing. As the research poured in, it was clear, the lack of physical activity has serious health effects on our kids. For the first time, we will see a generation of kids who have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. A year later, Every Kid Sports was born and created their mission, “Every Kids Deserves a Chance to Play!”
Every Kid Sports  is now a national organization in partnership with some of the largest organizations in America. John has spoken at events and worked with companies all over the county to help get more kids off the sidelines and into the game. John is a father of two amazing kids and husband to one of our founders, the wonderful and amazing Tara.

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 Every Kid Sports. 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 Every Kid Sports, 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.

Our history.

Since 2009, we’ve been on a mission to get every kid in sports.

November 2021

We launch the Year 3 of the T-Mobile Little League® Call Up Grant 

June 2021

We launch the Every Kid Sports Pass Nationwide 

Through a generous grant from our founding sponsor, DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation, we are able to cover registration fees for income-restricted families across the country.

We issue our first Debit Card to a family

With our partnership with Chek Financial, we are able to elevate the delivery of funds to our families by issuing debit cards to our Pass families, allowing them to register their kids for sports without having to ask for support.

May 2021

NFL FLAG selects Every Kid Sports as its scholarship partner

Through support from the NFL, Every Kid Sports kicks off a pilot program with NFL FLAG Football helping income-restricted families register for NFL FLAG in Alabama and Michigan.

April 2021

Under Armour selects Every Kid Sports as their customer facing non-profit partner 

Under Armour partners with Every Kid Sports to help 10,000 kids play sports. They will be incorporating Every Kid Sports into all of the retail locations across the US asking their customers at checkout to donate either $1, $3 or $5 in support of Every Kid Sports.

December 2020

We launch the Year 2 of the T-Mobile Little League® Call Up Grant 

Through additional support from T-Mobile, we helped over 12,300 kids throughout the USA get registered for baseball, softball or challenger division of Little League®.

May 2020

We transition our organization from KIDS in the GAME to Every Kid Sports

February 2020

We launch the T-Mobile Little League® Call Up Grant 

Through generous support from T-Mobile, we helped over 5,500 kids throughout the USA get registered for baseball, softball or challenger division of Little League®.

October 2019

We partner with the Julia Love Pritt Foundation to provide the Pass throughout Pacific Northwest

January 2019

Nike Connects with us to Create Federal Employee Pass

October 2018

We launch our school-based running program AMPED helping schools across the country increase physical activity.

January 2018

We create AMPED, a school-based running program

We developed a school-based running program designed to help schools increase physical activity before, during and after school.

December 2017

We launch the Holiday Go! Grant

The 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.

May 2016

We expand The Pass Program into Portland, OR

In partnership with Nike, Nautilus, Reeser Fine Foods, and PacificSource, the KIDS in the GAME Pass program was made accessible to qualifying families.

March 2016

Launch Year two of the Go! Grant

The success of the GO! Grant continued into year two, with an additional 445 schools applying for grants.

April 2015

Launch of the Go! Grant

In partnership with the Sports Fitness Industry Association and over 20 sports brands, we launch the GO! Grant, helping schools to bring back physical activity before, during, and after school.

January 2014

ACTIVE Network launches the ACTIVEx Pass

With long term partner, ACTIVE Network, we launch the ACTIVEx Pass helping kids in Dallas, TX and San Diego, CA play sports.

January 2013

Honoring Jack Pinto

KIDS 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.

March 2012

ACTIVE Network chooses us as charity of choice

ACTIVEx, 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 Awards

Our 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.