KIDSPLAY™: KidsPlay™ was created by the Community Foundation of Orange to open the doors to youth sports programs for children whose families could not afford to let them play. We have currently expanded our program to include support of our youth who wish to participate in visual and performing arts recreational classes. The KidsPlay program promotes mental and physical health to our youth by the way of introducing sports, theater arts, visual & performing arts to those who are socio-economically challenged. We have assisted 1800+ youth over the past 14 years with over $98,000 in funding.
COSTS: KidsPlay™ will assist with registration costs associated with participation in qualifying extracurricular activities. An additional amount may be allocated for necessary equipment or supplies. Cost coverage will vary and will be based on matching funds (matching the amount that each family and/or organization has provided). The CFO will reimburse registration costs directly to provider.
ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS: KidsPlay™ currently supports participants in K-12th grade, who demonstrate financial need by submitting a KidsPlay™ Application (link at top of page on the right side) and supporting documentation. Applicants must reside within Orange Unified School District boundaries or attend school within the boundaries of the Orange Unified School District.
HOW TO REQUEST FUNDING: Families requesting assistance from KidsPlay™ should provide the following documents:
KidsPlay™ Application for each child, with one or more of the following within two weeks of the close of registration:
Additional information may be requested to verify need.
Send all inquiries to:
Community Foundation of Orange
c/o KidsPlay™ Program
1940 North Tustin Street, Suite 106
Orange, CA 92865
For more information, please contact:
Ron Esparza, 714-505-3400 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Moira Singer, 714-538-5591 (email@example.com)
Funding is disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Approval may take up to four weeks.
Initial funding for KidsPlay™ was obtained through a $10,000 matching grant from the Orange County Youth Sports Foundation, which, for the past 41 years, has raised funds to build and maintain youth sports programs and help scholar-athletes meet the financial challenges of a college education
KidsPlay strikes again, providing donations to both El Modena Basketball and Orange High Panther Football, in appreciation for their support!
THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 KIDSPLAY SPONSORS:
The Frisch Family
O.L. Halsell Foundation
Orange Elks Lodge
Phil & Carrie Hummel, IV
KidsPlay proudly announces some new partnerships in support of our youth!
October 2021 allowed us the opportunity to send 19 mini-cheerleaders to the El Modena Cheer Camp, and 11 5th-8th graders to the El Modena Boys Basketball Camp! We also provided cheer uniforms for some deserving middle school cheerleaders at Santiago Middle School.
With thanks to the Frisch Family, we were able to provide swim lessons for 20+ youth at
AquaTots Swim School and
Blue Buoy Swim School
With thanks to Canyon Pride Bingo, we have partnered with HeadsUpCheckUp to provide mental health screenings for
We recently offered Mariachi Camp to 10 youth through Rhythmo Academy!
OJSC recently provided matching scholarship funds for 4 fall recreational players so the players incurred no cost to play.
We were able to assist two families who lost everything in a house fire, providing sports equipment and activity sets.
And Pacific Conservatory in Orange recently offered summer music camp at no charge to some of our KidsPlay kids.
We are always looking for ways to help enrich the lives of our youth--let us know if you want to help!
Back to: Programs