The Connecticut Sports Foundation Against Cancer (“CSF”) is a non-profit with a 501(c) (3) designation.
Our Mission: To financially assist Connecticut cancer patients and their families and to fund cancer research.
CSF is committed to reducing the burden of cancer for CT cancer patients and their families.
Many cancer patients and families are suddenly confronted with insurmountable bills at a time when focusing on healing is critical to their recovery. CSF is able to quickly and compassionately ease their burden with direct financial assistance. CSF has found that even small gestures of support can be the jumpstart a patient needs to fight back against their illness.
CSF is a unique organization in Connecticut that provides direct financial assistance to Connecticut cancer patients for rent/mortgage, utilities, car payments, medical co-pays, food, medications, fuel and transportation to and from hospital/medical centers. Patients are referred to CSF via a network of oncology social workers at Connecticut hospitals and cancer centers. Applicants are thoroughly screened by healthcare professionals who verify the financial need. Resources are provided with dignity and privacy, helping patients maintain self-respect while lessening the stress that may inhibit their recovery.
Sixty-five percent of personal bankruptcies involve high medical bills. The need continues to grow and the number of families assisted by CSF has increased every year for the past 23 years. Over the past three years CSF has granted over $1.5 million to more than a thousand CT families.
Founder: John C. Ellis
John Ellis, a catcher for the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers founded CSF in 1987. John’s life was significantly touched by cancer; he lost a sister, brother and sister-in-law to cancer, all before the age of 40. John was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease prior to the age of 40. Fortunately John survived and he envisioned a foundation that would financially assist Connecticut cancer patients and their families with basic needs. John realized the need for assistance with everyday living expenses when you are unable to work and he wanted to fill that void in his home state of Connecticut. With the support of friends and business associates, the Connecticut Sports Foundation was born. Through their leadership and efforts CSF was developed from a dream in 1987 to helping thousands of cancer patients and their families since its inception.
CSF has been operating for 24 years under the guidance of Jane G. Ellis, President & Executive Director. CSF is overseen by a 15 member volunteer Board of Directors and a 22 member volunteer Advisory Board.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation was founded in 1967 to continue the work started by area native Walter Camp of selecting and honoring the outstanding college football talent playing the game across America. Mr. Camp selected his first All-America team in 1889. Today, the WCFF is an all-volunteer organization that operates year round working towards the following purposes:
- Oversee the selection of the current year’s entries into the oldest college All-America Football Team; and to honor those selections.
- Select and honor other individuals who have distinguished themselves.
- Raise money for charitable purposes
The Selection Process:
The WCFF meets its primary purpose by managing and overseeing the selection of the Walter Camp All-America Team. Ballots are prepared by WCFF and mailed to the experts, the Head Coach and Sports Information Director of each Division I-A school. The Foundation monitors their fulfillment and verifies the integrity of the results. The Walter Camp Player of the Year and Coach of the Year are selected by Foundation members, with guidance provided by the coaches and SIDs. The other award winners are selected by the Foundation from an appropriate pool of deserving individuals from America today.
Walter Camp Football Foundation Awards Weekend
The awards banquet is the culmination of the Walter Camp Weekend activities. The Foundation members are responsible for the detailed planning and coordination. The variety of activities is designed to provide access for a wide spectrum of the regional community. Support from people like you has allowed this work to grow in stature, with the net proceeds being donated to a variety of charities.
Thursday: “Stay In School” Rally for area middle school children. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Visit.
Friday: Alumni Association Meeting and Media Conference. Visits to: Children’s Wards at Yale New Haven Hospital, the Hospital of St. Raphael, the Veterans Administration Hospital and Fan Fest Football Clinic.
Saturday: Annual Black Tie National Awards Dinner at Yale Commons.
Other WCFF Activities
Each May, the Foundation holds its annual Allocations Dinner to distribute funds to needy area charities, primarily those which help children. Other “off season” activities include a Raffle, a Golf Tournament, and the Connecticut High School All-Star Game. The Foundation is also heavily involved with the Special Olympics, securing professional and college football players to serve as guest celebrities during autograph sessions and medal ceremonies at the annual Connecticut Games, where members officiate track and field events each summer.
How To Learn More About The Walter Camp Football Foundation
If you are interested in joining this unique volunteer organization or exploring ways in which you or your company can become Sponsors of Weekend events please contact us using the comment page on our website.
Dear Friend of the Strike 3 Foundation,
When I founded the Strike 3 Foundation in 2008, I did so with a compelling inspiration to reciprocate my good fortune. Privileged by a healthy and prosperous upbringing, yet forever touched by the childhood cancer of my sister, I now seek to raise awareness and support for this devastating disease.
I grew up in Connecticut before graduating from Yale University. When I earned my degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry I intended to pursue a career in medicine. My plans to become a physician were delayed when I was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002. In 2005, I made my Major League debut as a member of the San Diego Padres. I later moved on to the Boston Red Sox organization and was a member of the 2007 World Series Championship team. After stints with the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics, and Arizona Diamondbacks, I am currently pitching for the Boston Red Sox.
Maintaining close ties to the community in which I was raised, I return to Connecticut each off season. When the impulse to give back became overwhelming so too did the impetus. I recalled with a familiarity all too real, the morbidity that permeated our house when my sister was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. But I remember with even more vivid clarity the euphoric response to the declaration of her being cancer free after treatment.
The visionary in me sees the day when all cancers are eradicated. The realist understands that the first steps toward this feat are to heighten awareness, raise support, and encourage cancer research. To that end, I am excited by the prospects that our partnership with some local cancer treatment centers offers. United in our goal, we hope together to hasten the arrival of the day when no child with cancer goes uncured.
Let us begin today and continue working to establish a strong financial foundation. The Strike 3 Foundation values every contribution and pledges to maximize the impact of each gift. On behalf of every child with cancer, cancer survivor, and their families, we offer our deepest gratitude for your generosity.
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children. Connecticut Children’s is a nationally recognized not-for-profit with a medical staff of more than 1,000 providing comprehensive, world-class health care in more than 30 pediatric specialties and subspecialties. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is the primary pediatric teaching hospital for the UConn School of Medicine, has a teaching partnership with the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University and is a research partner of Jackson Laboratory. Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health is a national leader in community-based prevention and wellness programs. A 501(c)(3) Organization.
Connecticut Children’s is the region’s only academic medical center dedicated exclusively to the care of children. “Giving children the care they deserve.”
Welcome to The First Tee of Connecticut (TFTCT) Charity Golf Tour!
Get ready for the 2015 golf season by being part of the First Tee Charity Golf Tour! The First Tee of Connecticut’s traditional Charity Classic golf tournaments, along with a Spring and Fall Parent-Child event, are now part of a season-long fundraising contest which includes golf at some beautiful venues along with the chance to win some great prizes and even a spot at a year-end season finale! All this while helping over 67,000 children from Connecticut by being a TFTCT supporter!
Here’s how it works: The low net and low gross teams from each of our Charity Classic tournaments, along with the highest fund-raising teams from each event (as of the day prior to the event) will automatically qualify to play in our Season Finale Charity Tour Tournament in the Fall at an exciting course TBD. You can win some fabulous prizes and enjoy a great day of fun, camaraderie and perhaps even more competitive golf amongst friends!
We hope you will help us introduce the game of golf and its wonderful values to more Connecticut children by participating in our Charity Golf Tour!
Ryan Martin was born with Spina Bifida and both of his legs were amputated at the age of two. Discovering basketball at 12 years old transformed Ryan’s world from “wheelchair bound” to bound for college, for professional basketball, and for traveling overseas. In 2007, Ryan joined the professional basketball league in Spain, playing as a point guard for CID Casa Murcia Getafe in the last four seasons.
Before Ryan went pro, he attended college at Southwest Minnesota State University and led SMSU to the NWBA National Title Game in 2001. He graduated in 2002 with a degree in Secondary Education with a minor in Sociology. After graduation, Ryan joined the Phoenix Wheelchair Suns and played in the 2005 NWBA All-Star games.Along with establishing his foundation, Ryan is a program coordinator for the Hospital for Special Care mentorship program, and has been a counselor at the Ivan Lendl Sports Camp.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community
Hospital for Special Care’s commitment to sports and fitness extends far beyond the hospital grounds. For example, HSC is the managing sponsor of the Cruisers, a team of young, Connecticut athletes living with physical disabilities who compete locally, regionally, and nationally in wheelchair track and field competitions, where many Cruisers have set several national records.
Through Hospital for Special Care’s Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp—the first and only one of its kind on the East Coast—world-class disabled athletes provide campers with instruction in tennis, swimming, basketball, and track and field at no cost, thanks to the fundraising success of Hospital for Special Care’s Annual Ivan Lendl Golf Tournament.
HSC also sponsors its own adult track & field team, inclusive recreation, wheelchair basketball team, a Wave swim team, Skiers’ Unlimited, and numerous clinics, conferences, and symposia, all part of an effort to champion the cause of athletes living with disabilities through education, information and advocacy.
Through our sports and fitness programs we give both children and adults the opportunity to achieve their goals and lead independent lives. Sports and fitness programs, both competitive and recreational, teach life skills, promote confidence and develop leadership. In addition, friendships are built, accomplishments are recognized, and people are pushing themselves to levels they never thought they could achieve. All of these attributes combined promote a healthy lifestyle for individuals living with disabilities.
Golf Fore the Kids was inspired by a wish to give back, if only in a small way, and help others facing a cancer diagnosis in a child. It began with the compassion and kindness that we witnessed as our son Jacob was undergoing his treatment. It was exhibited with empathy for Jacob’s battle and the impact it would have on our family and continued with donations of gift cards, movies and games from people we never even met. It was charity in its most pure sense and helped us endure during a very difficult time.
As a result of this experience, Golf Fore the Kids began in 2003 to help kids battling cancer. As we celebrate our 15th year, we continue to be overwhelmed by both the number of children diagnosed with cancer each year (over 13,000) and the endless support needed to help these kids get better and back to the business of just being kids.
We understand that finding a cure for childhood cancer is a monumental task but together we can do the little things that build the momentum needed to find a cure. So we focus on practical things like establishing a charity golf event, trail run and mini-golf event. Your support of these events through either participation or donating will help make a difference and improve the life of a child battling cancer.
100% of the proceeds all Golf Fore the Kids event are donated to help kids with cancer and 100% of your donation is tax deductible. We sincerely hope that you will support our continued efforts in the battle against childhood cancer.
Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and competitions for over 13,000 athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and Unified Sports partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities who are the athletes’ teammates).
In addition to its traditional sports programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities, the Special Olympics Unified Sports® program brings athletes with and without intellectual disabilities together to play sports, gain physical fitness and develop friendships. Special Olympics Unified Sports® is offered in communities across the state, for individuals of all ages.
Special Olympics Unified Sports® is also offered in over 190 schools across the state, through Special Olympics Connecticut’s partnership with the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC). The program provides students at every level – from pre-school through high school – opportunities to play sports together and help create a more positive and inclusive school climate.
Connecticut athletes also have opportunities to compete globally – at Special Olympics’ USA and World Games.
Special Olympics are sports and so much more. It is a movement that transforms lives by inspiring inclusion, understanding and respect for people of all abilities, both on the playing field and in communities across the state.
Special Olympics also promote a healthy lifestyle by offering free health screenings at events, and providing participants with the education and resources to improve their sports performance and enhance their overall health and fitness.
There are opportunities for everyone to be part of Special Olympics Connecticut to enjoy a meaningful and rewarding experience – as an athlete, Unified Sports partner, coach, volunteer, supporter or fan.
Special Olympics – in Connecticut and around the world – is about revealing the champion in all of us.