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Michael Sadler Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The Michael Sadler Foundation inspires and empowers students to realize individual potential with strong character, compassion and social-emotional awareness. We develop and support awards and programs that emphasize the combination of academic excellence, athletic achievement, character strength and leadership. Our GameChang3rs initiative teaches kids in K-12 how to start building their legacies now to have a greater impact in school, work and life.

Results: 2500+ kids inspired and motivated to create legacies with strong character; 12+ scholarships and awards presented to student athletes who demonstrate strong character, compassion and leadership.

Target demographics: Inspire and empower students to realize individual potential with strong character, compassion and social-emotional awareness

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2300+ students

Geographic areas served: Michigan and the midwest

Programs: GameChang3rs...Building Legacies. This program teaches students how to start building their legacies NOW based on character strength with social and emotional awareness so the imprint they leave will inspire others.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for the Gamechang3rs program within theMichael Sadler Foundation for just a short time, but have to say how impressed I am with the program on so many levels! With all of the pressures our young students are exposed to in this day and age, we need a program like Gamechang3rs more than ever! This program teaches kids the importance of doing the right thing, valuing education, and being a GOOD PERSON in all situations. And the benefits are two-fold...SO valuable for the young students learning and also valuable for the high school students who are getting wonderful experience while teaching the lessons! If you re looking for a fantastic program to support...here it is!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Michael Sadler Foundation honors the memory of a young man who exemplified character and excelled in the classroom and on the football field. This Foundation awards scholarships to deserving young adults. It also, through a program called GameChangers, encourages students from second grade through high school to create a positive legacy and set an example for other people. The program has been well received, and specifically earns praise for having trained students act as "ambassadors" for younger students.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow - what can I say. It is amazing what this foundation has done in such a short time. From recognizing scholar athletes with scholarships to creating a program, GameChang3rs, that is designed to give students tools that will help them develop strong character, make good choices, and become socially and emotionally engaged. What a wonderful way to pay tribute to Michael's legacy and to give an invaluable experience to today's youth!

Nicole Lallo D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to witness firsthand the impact these high school students are able to have on elementary and middle school students in our community. They are teaching them about what it means to make a good impression, have integrity, be a good communicator, and to leave a legacy by being kind to others. I can't say enough good things about this program. It is going to impact so many young people and in turn create individuals in our community who take initiative and seek out opportunities to do good without any expectations of entitlement or reward.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Michael Sadler Foundation and GameChang3rs have been an absolute blessing for me. For the past year, I have been meeting with 2nd grade classrooms in Forest Hills and teaching them about building legacies through our model Michael Sadler. The kids that I meet with are ecstatic when we come in, and they love learning and growing with us. It has taught me so much about myself and about others and I am forever grateful that I got this opportunity to join such a wonderful program! - Andrew Wade

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of serving as an ambassador for the Michael Sadler Foundation’s ‘GameChang3r’ program. The leadership and organization of the program, made possible by Mrs. Sadler among others, is far superior to any other program I’ve been apart of. It feels great being able to make such an impact in the lives of young students!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great work from this foundation. The leaders and volunteers are very authentic and dedicated to making a positive difference in the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is currently my second year as a Game Chang3rs ambassador for the Michael Sadler Foundation. I absolutely love being a part of this program and getting the opportunity to meet other classmates, work with teachers, and most of all, work with kids! I’ve enjoyed every chance I’ve had to be involved with Game Chang3rs and can’t wait to see this program continue to grow!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to help this foundation with an event and developed such respect for what they do and how they do it that I volunteered for two more after that. Now I'm on board to help with all local events.
The Michael Sadler Foundation has existed for about 18 months, and it's growing quickly. Its mission is to create and support awards that celebrate academic excellence, athletic achievement, character strength and leadership in student athletes.
They sponsor several fundraising events to raise money to endow annual scholarships (one is awarded at Forest Hills Northern High School , for example), and they sponsor a football Specialist Camp for aspiring kickers and punters who hope to play in college. They also sponsor a Battle of the Hills volleyball tournament.
What I really like about this organization is that every award or program they sponsor focuses on the importance of strong character. Even at the Specialist Camp they had football players who had played with Mike at MSU talking about specific things he did that showed strong character. At least 25% of each program is devoted specifically to empowering the kids with ways to demonstrate character. They give kids intangible tools to become better people, while also teaching them tangible skills that relate to a sport or academics.
Having seen the good this non-profit is doing, I highly recommend supporting it. They need funding to grow and reach more people with their amazing work.