Portland Thorns FC have donated $140,000 to four local charities from the proceeds of semi-final tickets on October 23, the club announced today. Thorns FC players have selected Girls on the Run, Girls Inc., SHE FLIES and Street Soccer USA as recipients of $35,000 each.
Girls on the Run is a positive youth development program based on transformational physical activity for girls in grades 3-8, teaching life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates when the girls are physically and emotionally prepared to complete a 5K running event. The goal of the program is to release confidence through achievement while establishing a lifelong appreciation for health and fitness.
Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest provides life-changing programs and experiences for youth ages 6-18 that help them grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Partnering with schools in Portland, Seattle, and Southwest Washington, they focus on holistic youth development. The combination of lasting mentoring relationships, an inclusive pro-girl environment, and research-based programming empowers young people to overcome gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.
SHE FLIES is an initiative under the Sport Oregon Foundation that aims to support, engage and celebrate girls and women in sport across Oregon. With a mission to connect girls and women across Oregon to sports, SHE FLIES builds inclusive communities through programs, partnerships and networks, making sports a welcoming place for everyone – all body types, all races, all ages, all income levels.
Fighting poverty and strengthening communities through football, Street Soccer USA believes that everyone deserves to grow and develop within the context of supporting a team. Street Soccer USA emphasizes the development of self-determined problem solvers, team players and community leaders and surrounds them with the support and opportunities necessary to achieve their goals in life.
Recognized as one of the Portland Business Journal’s Top Corporate Philanthropies of 2022, Portland Timbers and Thorns FC donated more than $550,000 to charity this year. In April, the club hosted PTFC For Peace, a mixed Timbers-Thorns scrimmage that raised more than $600,000 for UNICEF Ukraine. The club has also dedicated more than 1,220 volunteer hours to players, staff and supporters this year, and since 2012 our annual Stand Together week has engaged 6,875 volunteers to provide the Portland metro area with 22,464 hours of service. at more than 302 events for the benefit of young people and women. and the environment.