Five Bronx nonprofits receive $380K in grants from The Heisman Trophy Trust

Group of little kids playing soccer for South Bronx United, a Bronx-based nonprofit.
South Bronx United is one of five Bronx nonprofits to receive a grant from the Heisman Trophy Youth Development Fund this year.
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Five Bronx nonprofits have received a combined $380,000 in grants from The Heisman Trophy Trust to support youth development programs in the area. The five Bronx grantees are DREAM, Girls on the Run NYC, Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, South Bronx United and America Scores New York.

DREAM received $80,000 to expand a sports and academic program for elementary school students in the South Bronx.

Girls on the Run NYC received $60,000 to operate 12 running and academic programs for girls in Brooklyn and the South Bronx.

Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club received $80,000 for a sports and academic program for young people in the central Bronx.

South Bronx United received $80,000 for a year-round soccer and academic program in the South Bronx.

America Scores New York received $80,000 for soccer and academic programs in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Bronx public elementary and middle schools.

The grants will be used to support and expand a number of athletic programs, including soccer and running. They will also be used to aid academic programs for elementary and middle school students in the Bronx.

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The Heisman Trophy Trust supports nonprofits to provide more equitable athletic and academic opportunities for underserved communities.Image courtesy Heisman.

The Heisman Trophy Trust is the organization behind the Heisman Trophy, an iconic award presented each December to the nation’s best college football player. Created in partnership with The New York Community Trust in 2017, the Heisman Trophy Youth Development Fund aims to help nonprofits operating sports-based youth development programs engage young people in educational activities.

Nonprofits in the New York City area have received more than $7.5 million in total from the Heisman Trophy Youth Development Fund since 2017. The grants will help deliver valuable programs to nearly 10,000 young people throughout New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Newark, New Jersey.

“The Heisman Trophy Trust’s goal is to harness the power of the Heisman Trophy’s legacy of athletic excellence to positively impact our nation’s youth and provide more equitable opportunities for underserved communities,” said Michael Comerford, president of the Heisman Trophy Trust.

The New York Community Trust manages the fund and its grantmaking in New York, Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey.

“Sports are powerful,” said Roderick Jenkins, who directs The New York Community Trust’s youth development grantmaking. “They teach kids skills that are essential on and off the field: discipline, focus, teamwork, and leadership. They provide mentors, friendship, and a sense of purpose.”

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