Athletes for Kids
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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.

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.

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One Team. One Dream. One Community.

AFK OneEvent 2014Because of your attendance and generous support our November fundraising event was not only fun, it also surpassed our goals! Thank you!OneEvent2


Charity of the Month

Athletes For Kids has been named Charity of the Month for September 2014!  Together with the Seahawks, Bonneville Seattle stations (KIRO Radio, 710 ESPN Seattle, AM 770 KTTH and select a charity each month that makes a positive impact in our community. more

Senior Dinner

Congratulations graduates! A big thanks to all the families who celebrated with us Sunday evening. We filled the room with over 200 happy people! Thanks to our guest Heath Farwell of the Seattle Seahawks and to Don Borin of Stop Action Photography for making the evening extra special for everyone!
Loads of celebration photos are here.

Thank you 5TH Avenue Theatre for the generous gift of admission for our kids to attend the dress rehearsal of Oliver during November!

Did You See Teresa on the Jumbotron?

AFK was selected as one of four local nonprofits to receive a Century Link Spirit of Service Award. Teresa and Ken accepted the award at the December 2, Seahawks v. Saints game.

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We are pleased to announce that Athletes For Kids has been chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Giving Tree Award! Thank you to the whole team at VMG/Studio 520. We look forward to working with you to create our new website!


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!
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