What We Do
We change the lives of children with disabilities and special needs and improve our communities by educating youth and modeling inclusion and acceptance.
“Thank you for being a truly positive role model, friend, and influence on Zan.” honoring Alex Binkard – from Melody Litovkin.
In honor of Drew Schaefer and Angela Muscat – from Teresa Conboy.
“You have become an important part of our daughter’s life by giving her friendship and guidance. We will forever be appreciative!” Honoring Shayna Dieken – from Keith and Theresa Treat.
In honor of Luke Zender – from Linda Zender.
In honor of Nick Strazis – from Dawn Clicquennoi.
“We loved our mentor Connor Brandt.” – from Melissa Skone.
In honor of Josiah Fonte from Nancy Colburn.
“He’s nice!” from Charlie. In honor of Ryan Pladson by Suzanne Byron.
In honor of Jake and Ian Monroe from Keri and Daniel Monroe.
In honor of Catherine and Caroline Love – from Deborah and John Love.
“Thank you Shabina for making my weekends full of fun! - Big hugs from Kaela ”
In honor of Grant Beahm from Evan. -given by Hamilton Redesigns.
“Thank you Jordan for taking the time to help make a difference in a child’s life.” – from Kaye and Paul Hert.
In honor of Bradley Strode – from Scott and Joslyn Strode.
Athletes For Kids is a youth mentoring program that specifically serves children with special needs and disabilities of all kinds. The “Kids” in our name are children grades 1-8 being mentored by our program. The “Athletes” are high school athletes who make a commitment to mentor one child for the duration of their high school career. Our mission is to create communities where all children of all abilities are celebrated. We do this by providing dedicated young mentors to children who are in need of a friend.
Founded on the idea that friendship has the power to restore a child’s faith in life, we were incorporated as a non‐profit in 2002. Since that time, we have grown from a small group at one school to an organization serving families in Issaquah, Sammamish, Bellevue, Redmond, and surrounding areas.
Thank you everyone for making this year’s senior dinner so special!
It was wonderful to see so many mentors, buddies, and families truly enjoying each others company – it was a perfect snapshot of the bonds that AFK creates!
Make it a Clay Day Fun!
AFK mentor Macey, from Skyline High School, was featured in an recent Issaquah Press article for her work with a cyberbullying program. read the article
AFK Executive Director Teresa Bretl accepted the Leadership Eastside Network award for leadership in diversity. more
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Athletes For Kids relies on the generous support of individuals and community organizations to fund our program. Thank you for supporting our program and contributing positively to our community!