It has been an extremely eventful start for the CEM foundation ever since it was created nearly six months ago. We have a special focus on youth sports, striving to give opportunities and experiences to underserved children who would otherwise not have access.
In our first act of kindness, we provided over $28,000 of football equipment to the Carver Center’s TSD Bears football team, which helped over 115 kids be fully uniformed for their season at no cost to the parents. You can learn more about the Carver Center by clicking here.
Next, the CEM Foundation partnered with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund to establish several scholarships at the University of North Florida and Edward Waters University to encourage student athletes to become educators. The total investment into JPEF will span four years and provide $100,000 in scholarships and programming supporting the development and recruitment of diverse educators. You can learn more about JPEF by clicking here.
The foundation next supported two local youth sports organizations that are teaching more than just sports to the kids. The Moore-Myers Children Fund received a $7,500 grant from the CEM Foundation to provide free golf equipment, clinics, coaching and tournament fees to the “eagles” who are apart of the program. You can learn more about the Moore-Myers Children’s Fund by clicking here.
The CUCO Track club is a local AAU track team led by coach Omar Green. Their motto “chin-up, chest-out” encourages the kids to always put their best foot forward, in school, in life and on the track. Most of the team qualified for the National Junior Olympics in Houston, Texas this summer, and the CEM Foundation stepped in with $5,000 to cover the travel, housing and entry fees for the kids and their parents.
Walk Off Charities was established by Jacksonville sports radio icon Frank Frangie in 2017, who believes that every child deserves the chance to play baseball. They have a special focus on urban and underserved areas where children have not been able to afford the cost that can come with proper baseball equipment, uniforms, coaching and training. The CEM Foundation stepped in to provide over $15,000 to establish a fall development league that will allow 90 children the opportunity to learn the sport of baseball.
The CEM Foundation is proud to support the local Jacksonville community and to uplift those in need. We will be hosting a Thanksgiving giveaway in November and Family Fun Day in December to give a much-needed boost of morale to those who need it most. Both will be held at the Carver Center, and we look forward to serving over 100 families.