On Tuesday, Fight for Children announced that it would continue its support of children's heath and education through a million dollar award to organizations in D.C. arising from proceeds from last year's Fight Night charity event. One of the grants goes to AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation. I interviewed the CEO of AppleTree, Jack McCarthy recently. Other winners include CentroNia, the group founded by B.B. Otero; Children's National Health System; and the Center for Child and Human Development at Georgetown University, which provides a host of programs helping vulnerable youth. Other grant recipients include the DC Special Education Cooperative, which assists D.C. charter schools in strengthening their special education program; The Family Place, which supports low income families with children five years old and younger; Live It Learn It, a group that introduces children to the educational opportunities available in Washington D.C.; Mary's Center; My School DC, the unified lottery for public schools; and Reach Incorporated, which teaches teens to tutor students in reading.
For the first time in its history Fight for Children also provided support for organizations in Baltimore. A second million dollars has been awarded to the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, Western High School and Baltimore Design School, and the Baltimore Parks and People Foundation. All of these funds go to support athletic and educational programs for low income children.
Also revealed by the organization is that UnderArmour, the company that produced Fight Night 2013, will continue in this role for many years to come. Last year Fight Night raised almost $4 million, a significant leap from the amounts previously rose. The event this coming November 13th marks the 25th anniversary of the philanthropic non-profit founded by the late Joseph E. Robert, Jr.