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.
We are participating in The Seattle Foundation’s fifth annual GiveBIG on May 5!
Plan on supporting Athletes for Kids as part of our community’s biggest day of giving of the year!
Great Article featuring Senior Staff member of the Seattle Seahawks and co-founder Ken Moscaret.
Learn more about our mentor experience and why you want to support Athletes for Kids!
Click here to read the article published in the Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter.
Barre for “Buddies”
April 18, 2015
The Daily Method, on Mercer Island is hosting two Barre classes and the proceeds will go to Athletes for Kids. Please join Mrs. Issaquah, Lisa Vanderdasson, in support of her platform charity, Athletes for Kids, as she competes for the Mrs. Washington-America Pageant 2015.
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Volunteer with Us!
Interested in getting more involved with Athletes for Kids? Become a Volunteer! We are looking for various volunteer positions – they range from event set up/break down, to flyer distribution to IT help! To learn more about our volunteer needs or to apply, click here.
We are recruiting!
Currently accepting new mentor applications for athletes graduating in 2017 and 2018.
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