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Athletes For Kids

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  • EIN 81-0552451
  • 3020 Issaquah Pine-Lake Road #254 Sammamish WA 98075 USA

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult & Child Matching Programs, Children & Youth, Community & Neighborhood Development, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Economic Development, Human Services, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Our mission is to enhance the lives of children with special needs and the high school athletes who mentor them. We believe that modeling acceptance, inclusion, and respect of all individuals transforms and strengthens our communities.

Programs: Athletes for Kids is a youth mentoring program that serves children in 1st-9th grades who have special needs and disabilities of all kinds. We match these children with high school athletes in a one-to-one mentoring relationship to learn from each other and positively impact each other’s lives.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jose G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been extremely impressed with this organization since my son, who is a junior in HS, joined it a few months ago. This organization is very serious about their program and very well organized. They spend quite a bit of time finding well-rounded HS athletes and do an excellent job of matching them with a buddy. My son truly enjoys spending time w/ his buddy who has practically become another member of our family. Being a mentor brings a very different perspective to these young athletes and an unforgettable life experience for everyone involved.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son is a volunteer/mentor with AFK. I am impressed with the organization and ideals. It is a great way for HS athletes to help kids and do what they enjoy. My son has attended his buddy's soccer games and helped to build confidence. It is rewarding to see my son find time in his busy week to go play with his "buddy". There are newsletters and trainings along with planned service projects for the mentors in the community. It is a fantastic organization for HS students to be involved in.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that makes a difference in so many lives. My two daughters have benefited in so many ways from their time as mentors with Athletes for Kids. I know the kids and families they've mentored have found the experience to be valuable as well. We're very lucky to have this organization in our community providing an opportunity for kids of every ability to make friends and learn from each other.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son is a volunteer/mentor in the program. He has been paired with a child who has Asperger syndrome, a form of autism. He visits with this child for a couple hours every week to help him with schoolwork or just hang out and have fun. My son is a senior in high school and as part of an essay on a college application he wrote this about his experience: "After five months of being his mentor, I now consider (the child) my good friend. He really looks up to me, and I never thought I would have such a big impact on him. His mother told me he really enjoys my visits and is very glad we got matched together. (The child) and I have really connected and this has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life." I thank Athletes for Kids for establishing this wonderful charity, and for enabling my son to make a difference in someone else's life.