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The Northwest Pass

Northwest families whose children are qualified for free/reduced lunch programs are encouraged to apply for up to
$150 of after-school sports registration fees.

The Northwest Pass Program features a simple-to-use process for getting your child registered for sports.
Our goal is to provide families the resources to bring and keep activity in the lives of their kids.

How the NW Pass Works:

In partnership with the Julia Love Pritt Foundation, KIDS in the GAME and PHIT America are providing funding to low-income families throughout the Northwest which includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska. The Pass is available to kids 5-18 years old participating in recreational after-school sports programs.

Youths, parents, advocates, counselors, and specialists can apply online to KIDS in the GAME for “sportsidies.” We are providing financial assistance to assist with registration fees, for your kids’ recreational activities of choice. Checks will be made out to the organizations offering the activities. Families present these payments at registration. Grants are available to low-income families living in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Montana. 

Families must present at the time of registration one of the following documents verifying their low-income status:

Free / Reduced Lunch verification letter
SNAP
WIC
Foster child paperwork
COE for Migrant Education Programs

The Pass: History

  • KIDS in the GAME’s flagship program, The Pass, started in 2010!
  • The Pass was created to provide financial assistance to low-income families.
  • The Pass has been breaking down financial barriers for underprivileged kids to play sports for almost 10 years.
  • The Pass is currently operating in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon,  Washington (state) and Wyoming. It has provided opportunities to thousands of kids to be active and thrive through sports.
  • The Pass has been possible because of our amazing sponsors; who are committed to supporting an active and thriving youth culture through sport.

Rules of the GAME

What is a 'Sportsidy?'

A ‘Sportsidy,’ is our term for Youth Sports Subsidy.
A Sportsidy will cover the cost of your youth Sports Registration Fees after any/all discounts, reduced price, and/or additional scholarships available. Continue reading the “Rules of the GAME,” to learn more. 

What are the application process qualifications?
  1. In partnership with Julia Love Pritt Foundation, KIDS in the GAME is providing funding to low-income families throughout the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming).
  2. The Pass is available to kids 5-18 years old participating in recreational after-school sports programs.
  3. Youths, parents, guardians, or advocates apply online to KIDS in the GAME for “Sportsidies.”
  4. We are providing “Sportsidies,” to assist with registration fees, for your kids’ sport activities of choice.
  5. Checks will be made out to the organizations offering the activities. Families present these payments at registration.
  6. The Pass is available to all families who qualify for Free/Reduced lunch and living in the Northwest.
  7. Families must present, at the time of registration, one of the following up-to-date documents:
    1. Free / Reduced Lunch verification letter
    2. SNAP
    3. WIC
    4. Foster child paperwork
    5. Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for Migrant Education Programs
What is the maximum grant amount?

Our goal is to provide financial assistance to as many families as we can. Therefore, we have placed a cap at $150 per sports registration fee, to keep your child in the game. Families are required to pay at least $10 of the registration fee or the balance if the fee is greater than $160.

How often can I apply for a grant?

Every qualified-child can apply once per season; thus four times per year, w/3 months between seasons.

We encourage multi-sport athletes! 

Can an advocate, counselor, teacher, etc. apply for a child?

Yes, our application is set up that a third party can apply for the child.

A parent/family email is required and must be different from applicants email if you are not the parent/guardian.

You must provide your relationship to the child you are applying for in the application. 

 

Can I apply for reimbursement?

No, applications will not be approved for previously paid fees, reimbursement or to an individual person. 

Does each child need an application in the same family?

Yes. Please create an application for each kid that you are requesting funds for.

How quickly will I receive the grant?
  • Applications will be reviewed every Monday and Thursday mornings.
  • Checks will be mailed out the following days.
KITG requires families pay a minimum of $10 toward registration fees
What if I no I longer have proof of Free/ Reduced Lunch form or other

Contact your school to receive a copy of your letter.

or

Use another form of documentation to complete your application: *

  • SNAP
  • WIC
  • Foster care letter

*All documentation must contain the athletes name, date/s, and government organization/program/school

All applications submitted without qualified documentation will be automatically declined. 

What if I'm within a CEP school?

ONLY for athletes within a CEP school:
Please upload one of the following in your application:*

  • SNAP 
  • WIC
  • Foster care letter
  • Student ID card – with name, school year, and school connected to application
  • Student report card – with name of student, date, and school connected to application

*All documentation must contain the athletes name, date/s, and government organization/program/school

All applications submitted without qualified documentation will be automatically declined. 

Do Sports Camp Qualify?

No, Sportsidies will not be awarded for Camp type programs or after-school daycare type programs. 

Do Club Teams Qualify?

No. Sportsidies will not be awarded to cover Club, Elite, or Performance Training. 

Does my Travel Team Qualify?

No. Sportsidies will not be awarded for Travel Teams or Travel Expenses. 

Who is the check written out to?

Checks will be written out to the youth sports organization or the school that the child will be participating with; indicated in Section 3 of the Online Application.

Checks will not be made out to an individual, parent/guardian, and/or used for previously paid fees.

Where is the check mailed to?

The applicant designates the address for the check in Section 2 of the Online Application.

Options: Checks will be mailed

  1.  Directly to the youth sports organization, please notify your YSO/School that we will be sending them your check, or forward your award email to your YSO/School.
  2. To the family so they can present it at the time of registration.
  3. McKinney-Vento Advocates can request the check be sent to them for processing.
What organizations can I use the grant at?

Youth sports organizations or schools should accept the grant. KITG is providing a check which is written out their organization and is considered as cash.

Please direct youth sports organizations and schools unfamiliar with KIDS in the GAME who have questions or need confirmation to email: [email protected] or call (541)508-3966.

Please check with your school or YSO if you typically register online, there is usually a person within your organization who can help you register in person. We will not write checks to individuals. 

What if my registration is done online?

Please check with your school or YSO if you typically register online, there is usually a person within your organization who can help you register in person. We will not write checks to individuals. 

Why did I receive less than I requested?

We try to award as many families as possible. In doing so you may be awarded less than you requested. Our goal is to continually provide The Pass and keep kids playing sports. To do so, we need your help! Please check with your YSO/School to ensure you know your cost of registration only.

Additionally, we check submitted applications with YSO and schools to ensure the requested amount on your application is the correct amount due. Including reduced pricing for Free/Reduced Lunch, low-income, previously paid fees, etc. We also do not pay fees related to uniforms, travel, ASB cards, etc.

We will deduct any added fees from your request or decline your application entirely. Repeat offenders will not be approved for future “Sportsidies.”

Am I guaranteed a grant if I apply?

As resources allow, Sportsidies are applied on a first-come-first-serve basis for all qualified youth.

What if I lose my check?

Please contact KIDS in the GAME by email or by phone at 541-508-3966.

If we have place a stop payment on your check and resend, the amount to stop payment will come out of the amount awarded. 

What if I cannot use the grant as originally intended on my application?

Please contact KIDS in the GAME by email or by phone at 541-508-3966. We can help work out a plan to use the grant for a future program.

Julia Pritt (July 9, 1932 – April 3, 2010)
Julia Pritt was a Seattle area philanthropist and co-founder of Attachmate, one of the most successful privately held software companies in the history of Washington State.

Julia Started her early philanthropic activities by volunteering her time in Plano and Seattle with organizations like YES (Youth Eastside Services) and then, after retirement, started her own non-profit, WWIN (Washington Women in Need). Since 1990 the organization’s full time staff has provided over $10 million in financial aid to more than 4000 low income women with a focus unique to women needs.

Among the extraordinary gifts Julia founded Julia’s Place (a homeless family shelter in the Madrona neighborhood) and Washington Women in Need and donated land for a beautiful Issaquah park. The Julia Pritt House, a shelter for homeless in Issaquah, was named in her honor.

Even though Julia was a very accomplished business woman and philanthropist, her true passion was her family.

Her generosity and her heart guided everything she did and today the Julia Love Pritt Foundation is continuing its commitment to women, homelessness, and impact the health and wellness with at risk kids by helping them lead a more active lifestyle through physical education and youth sports experiences.