The Pacific Northwest Pass

Pacific Northwest families whose children are qualified for free/reduced lunch programs are encouraged to apply for up to
$150 of after-school sports registration fees.

The Pacific Northwest Pass Program features a simple-to-use process for getting your child registered for sports.
Our goal is to provide families the resources to bring and keep, activity in the lives of their kids.

How the PNW Pass Works:

In partnership with the Julia Love Pritt Foundation, KIDS in the GAME and PHIT America are providing funding to low-income families throughout the Pacific Northwest. The Pass is available to kids 5-18 years old participating in recreational after-school sports programs.

Youths and parents apply online to KIDS in the GAME for “sportsidies.” We are providing financial assistance to assist with registration fees, for your kids’ activities of choice. Checks will be made out to the organizations offering the activities. Families present these payments at registration. Grants are available to low-income families living in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. 

Families must present at the time of registration one of the following documents verifying their low-income status:

Free / Reduced Lunch verification letter
SNAP
WIC
Foster child paperwork
Enrollment in Medicaid or state health plan

The Pass: History

  • KIDS in the GAME’s flagship program, The Pass, started in 2010!
  • The Pass was created to provide financial assistance to low-income families, physically/developmentally challenged, or at-risk youth. The Pass has been breaking down financial barriers for underprivileged kids to play sports for almost 10 years.
  • The Pass has previously operated in 4 states and 7 counties. It has provided opportunities to thousands of kids to be active and thrive through sports.
  • The Pass has been possible because of our amazing sponsors; who are committed to supporting an active and thriving youth culture through sport.
  • Today, through the help of our friends at Nike, The Pass has temporarily revised its focus to lending it’s services to the families affected by the Government Shutdown. We want to keep your kids active and ensure they are able to participate in their sports throughout the chaos. 

The Pass Program: Rules of the GAME

What is a 'Sportsidy?'

A ‘Sportsidy,’ is our term for Youth Sports Subsidy. 

What are the application process qualifications?
  1. In partnership with Julia Love Pritt Foundation, KIDS in the GAME is providing funding to low-income families throughout the Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Oregon, Washington). The Pass is available to kids 4-18 years old participating in recreational after-school sports programs.
  2. Youths, parents, guardians, or advocates apply online to KIDS in the GAME for “Sportsidies.”
  3. We are providing “Sportsidies,” to assist with registration fees, for your kids’ sport activities of choice.
  4. Checks will be made out to the organizations offering the activities. Families present these payments at registration.
  5. Grants available to all low-income families living in the Pacific Northwest.
  6. Families must present at the time of registration one of the following documents verifying their low-income status:
    1. Free / Reduced Lunch (FRL) verification letter
      • If you participate in a county-wide FRL program, please submit one of the follow below:
    2. SNAP
    3. WIC
    4. Foster child paperwork
    5. Enrollment in Medicaid or state health plan
What is the maximum grant amount?

Our goal is to provide financial assistance to as many families as we can. Therefore, we have placed a cap at $150 per sports registration fee, to keep your child in the game. Families are required to pay at least $10 of the registration fee or the balance if the fee is greater than $160.

How often can I apply for a grant?

Every qualified-child can apply once per season; thus four times per year, w/3 months between seasons. Our goal is to keep your child in the game!

Does each child need an application in the same family?

Yes. Please create an application for each kid that you are requesting funds for.

How quickly will I receive the grant?
  • Applications will be reviewed every Monday and Thursday.
  • Checks will be written and mailed out every Tuesday and Friday. 
What if I no I longer have proof of Free & Reduced Lunch form or other

All applications submitted without qualified documentation will be automatically declined.

We encourage you to reapply when you can provide current documentation

Do Sports Camp Qualify?

No, Sportsidies will not be awarded for Camp type programs or after-school daycare type programs. 

Do Club Teams Qualify?

No. Sportsidies will not be awarded to cover Club, Elite, or Performance Training. 

Does my Travel Team Qualify?

No. Sportsidies will not be awarded for Travel Teams or Travel Expenses. 

Who is the check written out to?

Checks will be written out to the youth sports organization or the school that the child will be participating with; indicated in Section 3 of the Online Application. Checks will not be made out to an individual and/or used for previously paid fees.

Where is the check mailed to?

The applicant designates the address for the check in Section 2 of the Online Application.

Options: Checks will be mailed

  1.  Directly to the youth sports organization, if it is an organization KIDS in the GAME has an existing relationship with 
  2. Directly to the school providing the sport, if it is a school KIDS in the GAME has an existing relationship with 
  3. To the family so they can present it at the time of registration. 
What organizations can I use the grant at?

Youth sports organizations or schools should accept the grant because the check will be written out to them and is considered as cash.

Please direct youth sports organizations and schools unfamiliar with KIDS in the GAME who have questions or need confirmation to email: [email protected]kidsinthegame.org or call (541)508-3966. 

Am I guaranteed a grant if I apply?

As resources allow, Sportsidies are applied to first come, first serve basis for all qualified youth.

What if I lose my check?

Please contact KIDS in the GAME by email or by phone at 541-508-3966. 

What if I cannot use the grant as originally intended on my application?

Please contact KIDS in the GAME by email or by phone at 541-508-3966. We can help work out a plan to use the grant for a future program.

Julia Pritt (July 9, 1932 – April 3, 2010)
Julia Pritt was a Seattle area philanthropist and co-founder of Attachmate, one of the most successful privately held software companies in the history of Washington State.

Julia Started her early philanthropic activities by volunteering her time in Plano and Seattle with organizations like YES (Youth Eastside Services) and then, after retirement, started her own non-profit, WWIN (Washington Women in Need). Since 1990 the organization’s full time staff has provided over $10 million in financial aid to more than 4000 low income women with a focus unique to women needs.

Among the extraordinary gifts Julia founded Julia’s Place (a homeless family shelter in the Madrona neighborhood) and Washington Women in Need and donated land for a beautiful Issaquah park. The Julia Pritt House, a shelter for homeless in Issaquah, was named in her honor.

Even though Julia was a very accomplished business woman and philanthropist, her true passion was her family.

Her generosity and her heart guided everything she did and today the Julia Love Pritt Foundation is continuing its commitment to women, homelessness, and impact the health and wellness with at risk kids by helping them lead a more active lifestyle through physical education and youth sports experiences.