PRO ATHLETE'S GUIDE TO GIVING BACK
2016 RECAP "
A LIFE IS NOT IMPORTANT EXCEPT IN THE IMPACT IT HAS ON OTHER LIVES." -JACKIE ROBINSON
EMBRACE STEWARDSHIP Embrace Stewardship is a Core Value of our Company and, therefore, we expect every employee to be involved in giving back to our community, to organizations or causes that are important to them and those in need. It is for those reasons that we have a Charity program that offers each employee a charity allotment. We hope that employees will use this allotment to extend the reach of their giving and help support causes that are meaningful to them. And, while it is important to give financially, we believe it’s important to give time, as well. As our program continues to evolve, we want to begin to incorporate giving time in addition to giving money. Employees must volunteer time to receive their charity allotment. The hours volunteered in the current year will determine your allotment for the following year. Beginning this year, full-time employees will now be required to volunteer for 4 hours while part-time or seasonal employees will now be required to volunteer for 2 hours. Full-time employees may use a total of 8 hours of paid volunteer time each year, though only 4 hours are required. Part-time and seasonal employees may use a total of 4 hours of paid volunteer time each year, though only 2 hours are required.
2017 CHARITY ALLOTMENT AMOUNTS: Full-Time Employees (Salaried & Hourly) - $1,500 per year Part Time and Seasonal - $200 per year • After 12 months of employment $400 per year • 24+ Months $500 per year
2016 BY THE NUMBERS
PRO ATHLETE EMPLOYEES DONATED OVER
90 DIFFERENT CHARITIES DURING 2016!
CHARITIES DONATED A Purposeful Rescue Adoption for Phillip Smith and Monica Tanzey Alzheimer's Association American Association for Cancer Research American Cancer Society American Heart Association American Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc. American Red Cross Antioch Bible Baptist Church Bacchus Foundation Benedictine College Benedictine College Baseball Breaking Free Organization Brew to Brew KC Track Club Camp Maranatha Central Methodist UniversityMen's Basketball Challenger Fashion Show Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation
Cheers for Challenger Children's Mercy Hospital City Union Mission Clay County Clothes Closet Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Damon's Rally Cap Dr. Bob Run Ellis Fischel Cancer Center ES First Excelsior Springs Educational Foundation Friendship Inn Gateway Church Gateway To Learning Go Fund Me - Jessica Leite Medical Fund Go Fund Me - Shelly's Medical Bills Graden Elementary Art Department Graden Elementary Music Department Grand River Technical School-Computer Networking Program Habitat For Humanity Heartland Honor Flight Heroes Among Us Iowa State University Alumni Association Jana's Campaign Janada L. Batchelor Foundation for Children
TO DURING 2016 Jeramey's London Marathon for Charity Just Giving Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation Kansas City Zoo Kaylynn's Family KC Pet Project Kunsan Air Force Base Lee's Summit Bible Mission LifeWalk Make-A-Wish Michele Hidy Slient Auction Colon Cancer Fundaraiser Missouri USA Wrestling Muasthenia Gravis Association NewBeginnings Community Center No-Shave November North Central MO YMCA Northland Early Education Center Northwest Missouri State University Baseball Program Operation BBQ Relief Operation Blessing Park Hill High School Baseball Team
PKD Foundation Polar Bear Plunge Relay For Life Royals Charites Saint Luke's Midwest Ear Institute Samaritan's Purse Special Olympics Michigan Special Olympics - Missouri Spina Bifida Association St. Gabriel Church Charities Susan G. Koman THCF MJ Bubalo The CHARGE Foundation The Dream Factory The University of Kansas City Hospital Toys 4 Tots Truman Parent Project Union Station Vance T. Bailey Memorial Fund Veterans and Shelter Dogs Fund Weezers Fastpitch Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust Whizz-Kidz World Vision YMCA Challenger Young Life
WHY DO YOU DONATE? WE PARTICIPATE IN THE RELAY FOR LIFE EVERY YEAR TO HONOR MY FATHER-IN-LAW, OUR AUNT AND OUR COUSIN WHO WE LOST TO CANCER. HOPEFULLY A CURE WILL BE FOUND FOR THIS NASTY DISEASE. STEPHANIE GARCIA AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
I WENT TO THIS CAMP EVERY SUMMER GROWING UP AS A KID. IT IS A HUGE PART OF WHO I AM TODAY.
JOHN PALMER CAMP MARANATHA
MY FATHER IS A WWII VETERAN. I WAS ABLE TO ACCOMPANY HIM THIS SPRING ON THE HEARTLAND HONOR FLIGHT TO WASHINGTON D.C. IT'S AN AWESOME ORGANIZATION THAT DEPENDS ON DONATIONS TO HELP PAY FOR VETERANS TO MAKE THIS TRIP. JIM LEGG HEARTLAND HONOR FLIGHT
I HAVE SERVED ON THE BOARD FOR THE DREAM FACTORY FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS AND HAVE BEEN A VOLUNTEER FOR 20 YEARS. WE GRANT DREAMS FOR SERIOUSLY AND CHRONICALLY ILL CHILDREN IN THE KANSAS CITY AREA.
GREG MOORE THE DREAM FACTORY
WHY DO YOU DONATE? ALZHEIMER'S HAS AFFECTED SEVERAL PEOPLE THAT I HAVE KNOWN, IT IS A TERRIBLE DISEASE AND NEEDS ATTENTION, MONEY AND RESOURCES TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST IT.
THIS WAS A FUN WAY TO EMBRACE MY NATURAL HAIRINESS AND RAISE MONEY FOR A FEW DIFFERENT CANCER ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTED BY THE MOVEMENT. BEN LOUGHMAN NO-SHAVE NOVEMBER
BRAD HAYES ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION
ISU WAS SUCH A HUGE PART OF MY PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN COLLEGE. IT WAS THERE THAT I SPENT 4 OF THE MOST IMPORTANT YEARS OF MY LIFE. I'M PROUD TO BE A PART OF THE IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY FAMILY! NICOLE LEWIS IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
THE CHILDREN'S SECTION OF THE CHURCH WAS FLOODED RECENTLY AND THIS MONEY WILL GO TOWARD RENOVATIONS.
RYAN WEEDIN ES FIRST
POLAR BEAR PLUNGE
Each year several employees team up to participate in the Polar Bear Plunge. 2016 was no different, with five employees jumping in Longview Lake to raise money for Special Olympics of Missouri.
VALENTINE'S DAY CARD DRIVE
On February 9th, employees and their kids spent a few hours putting their creative skills to good use making Valentine's Day Cards for the American Stroke Foundation.
TOYS FOR TOTS SHOPPING SPREE On December 3rd, 2016 Pro Athlete members of the Pro Athlete team gathered at the local Toys R Us to go on a shopping spree for the local Toys for Tots chapter. Employee's pitched in and purchased a total of $4,250.29 worth of toys.
POLICE APPRECIATION DAY On May 16th, Pro Athlete welcomed members of the local police departments. It was a small token of our appreciation for all that they do to to keep us and our communities safe and secure.
VETERAN'S DAY LUNCH We welcomed several local Veterans from local organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project, Heroes Among Us, and friends/family of Pro Athlete employees for a lunch compliments of Pro Athlete to show appreciation for their service.
RANDOM ACTS After meeting a couple of times and not coming up with a consensus of what we should do, we decided on two ideas. We ended up buying a bunch of pet supplies for Kansas City Pet Project with part of the money. With the other part of the money, a few members of the team went to Waffle House and tipped the waitress. As they were leaving, they saw the waitress jumping up and down with other people in the restaurant. Team Members: Jim Legg, Damon Smith, Ben Loughman, Mike Gilliam, Connor Degginger, Kris Gramlich, Wanessa Siqueira, and Brett Olson
The group decided to donate our money to Roy Johnson, who is a member of our cleaning crew. Roy was recognized by the team for his friendliness and positive attitude. Team Members: Jake Anderson, John Palmer, John Angell, Jason Schulz, Jeramey Jordan , Mark Reineke, Cooper Gardner and Kaleb Gilliland
Our team choose to use our kindness money to purchase toys for the kids at Children's Mercy. We shopped for the toys and then drove them to the hospital where the kids were able to "shop" in a special store just a few days later. Though we didn't get to deliver the toys ourselves, we know they brought smiles to lots of faces and nothing could be more special than that! Team Members: Tori Bartholic, Dustin Carr, Nathan DeCaro, Cameron Dodd, Brad Hayes, Nicole Lewis, Armando Sanchez, Joe Segovia & Ryan Weedin
OF KINDNESS Our team gave Tori Bartholic's boyfriend a portion of the funds to help his family out in a time of need. On the night of the Pro Athlete Holiday Party, Tori and her boyfriend received news that his parent's house had caught fire and the upstairs was damaged. They left KC to head to St. Louis to provide assistance to his family. We decided it would be a cool idea to give a little bit of the money to Tori's boyfriend to help in any way possible. The remaining amount was to be spent at a local grocery store buying groceries and items for random people. However, Brittney heard of Austin's sister's health concern and the team decided to veto their original plans and gave the remaining funds and a card with a positive message to Shelby, Austin's sister, to help with her commute to upcoming appointments and any other expenses that may arise. Team Members: Brittney Cook, Sean Allen, Logan Snyder, Jeremy Baskin, Chad Morrissey, Adam Brown, Pam Miller & Austin Hall
While we discussed a number of ideas for our Random Acts of Kindness, we opted to bring lunch to our local Fire Station. The firefighters were beyond excited when we delivered Chipotle catering. After we explained who we were, our reason for bringing them lunch, and gave our appreciation for everything they do, they made sure we all got to sit in the firetruck and honk the horn. Team Members: Linsey Marchant, Jodi Smith, Carter Hedrick, Lemmy Kinyua, Rick Sanders, Cole Sales, Greg Moore and Danny Brennan
We spent half the money on items to make care packages for the homeless. The other half we gave to Austin's sister who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Team Members: Stephanie Garcia, Chris Hawkins, Kyle Jackson, John Gossett, Tyler Detring, Kyle Goodburn, Mac Moore & Derek Reynolds
A LIFE IS NOT IMPORTANT EXCEPT IN THE IMPACT IT HAS ON OTHER LIVES." -JACKIE ROBINSON