CHARITIES

Charities

For many years, the Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series has worked with two Official Community Charities in preparation of our events: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks and The Ozark Greenways. The Ozark Greenways helps manage The Greenways where many of our runners and walkers frequently train, while Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks makes the impossible, possible, by managing most of our event volunteers. These groups are an integral part of the success of our events and their staff are valuable Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series Team Members. Both are beneficiaries of the Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series.

Our 2016 Partner National and Community Charities will be running, walking and biking with us to raise money for their charities while also raising awareness of their purpose. We hope you will consider participating on behalf of a charity or making a donation to support their efforts nationally and in our community.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Isabel's House Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks

Isabel's House, where kids are loved and families are supported, operates 24/7/365 providing immediate refuge for children age’s birth to 12 years whose families are in crisis. By partnering with families and the community, the team at Isabel's House works to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect an ongoing "red–flag issue" in Southwest Missouri. Since opening its doors in 2007, Isabel's House has served over 3,550 children and 1,750 families. Today, with community–wide support for strong, healthy families, Isabel’s House remains uniquely positioned to care for children while offering parents and caregivers with the help and hope needed to move beyond a crisis.

Originally founded as a Signature Project of the Junior League of Springfield, Isabel's House is now entering its 10th year of service to the region, with its mission upheld by amazing individuals and organizations through direct donations, advocacy, volunteer and board service, and fundraising efforts. On behalf of the hundreds of families Isabel's House will serve in the coming months, would you answer the call to walk, run, or ride for #TeamIsabel in this year's Bass Pro Fitness Series events? Fundraising for Isabel's House is easy to do, and our team will provide tools to help you ask                                                                                      your friends and family to support your race for a cause.

Every dollar counts: please give and get involved today to make an immediate impact on the lives of kids and families facing a crisis. Learn more about volunteer opportunities, upcoming special events, and many ways to donate at www.isabelshouse.org.

Girls on the Run of Southwest Missouri SoleMates Program

Girls on the Run is an innovate health education and wellness program that combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk event with life-changing, self-esteem enhancing lessons that encourage healthy habits and an active lifestyle in 3rd-8th grade girls. Girls on the Run uses the experience of training for and running a 5K race to show girls that anything is possible. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

SoleMates are a team of both male and female athletes who raise money for Girls on the Run while training for an athletic event of their choice. SoleMates set personal goals, such as running a marathon, to raise critically needed funds that ensure we can serve girls in our community. More than half of the girls that participate annually need scholarship support to participate in the program. Being a SoleMate is also a great opportunity to give girls an example of healthy living while providing you, a SoleMate, with motivation to train! By becoming a SoleMate, you are doing much more than achieving your personal fitness goals! You are demonstrating your true commitment to the values we are instilling in girls: celebrating their physical and emotional health and transforming the way they see themselves and their opportunities. Sign up today to be a SoleMate and let your love of running make a difference in the life of a local girl!

For more information on how to register to be a SoleMate, visit our website, www.gotrswmo.org and click on SoleMates under the Support Us Tab.

Youth for Christ/USA, Serving the Ozarks

Youth for Christ/USA impacts local communities through 150 chapters and almost 40 affiliates, one of which is YFC/USA, The Ozarks. YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other likeminded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their Godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God in prayer, passion for the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.

Youth for Christ accomplishes its missions locally through eleven core national ministries that meet teens where they are. Its staff and volunteers can be found with the youth at community centers, high schools, middle schools, juvenile institutions, and coffee shops forming authentic relationships with young people who need Jesus. YFC/USA, The Ozarks currently reaches area youth through YFC's Campus Life ministry with a club in Nixa, MO. Campus Life High School ministry combines healthy relationships with creative programs to help young people make good choices, establish a solid foundation for life, and positively impact their schools.

YFC/USA, The Ozarks is entering its fourth year of ministry and hopes to see significant growth throughout the Ozarks this year. Plans include adding two other YFC ministries: YFC Core and Parent Life, as well as expanding the Campus Life ministry to other high schools. Youth for Christ needs funding, volunteers and community support to make this possible. When you run, bike, or walk on behalf of Youth for Christ, you are helping YFC realize its potential to reach over 2,000 students in this community. Scott Gardner, 417-225-0220; sgardner@yfcmail.org.

For more information about Youth for Christ, visit our local Facebook page at www.facebook.com/yfcozarks or our national website www.yfc.net. For more information about fundraising, visit https://yfc.givingfuel.com.

Champion Athletes of the Ozarks

Champion Athletes of the Ozarks serves children and adults with disabilities living in the Ozarks area.  Through education, sports training and competition we are building self-esteem, self-confidence and social skills.  We are creating a positive atmosphere while teaching decision-making skills, team skills, appropriate behaviors and the feeling of success.  Champion Athletes of the Ozarks also has a focus on life skills and fitness.  All of these skills are necessary for every individual to be successful in work and school and to be a more productive citizen in our community.  Join us and run with our athletes on Marathon weekend.  Running for Champion Athletes of the Ozarks makes you a Champion, Be our Champion!

 

Contact Information: Susan Miles, 417-890-1599; sqmiles@championathletes.org

For more information about Champion Athletes of the Ozarks, visit www.championathletes.org

 

Options Pregnancy Clinic

Sometimes life gets complicated! Options Pregnancy Clinic exists to help women and families through the difficulty of an unplanned pregnancy. Options Pregnancy Clinic in Branson, Missouri offers a

variety of FREE and CONFIDENTIAL services including pregnancy testing and ultrasound. We understand that every woman's pregnancy decision will be life changing; therefore she deserves to know all the facts. Whether in the clinic or in school settings, Options' staff is promoting life affirming decisions regarding pregnancy and sexual health. Other services available are parenting education, male mentoring and nutrition education. Options Pregnancy Clinic is a not for pr

ofit organization serving the Taney County area

since 1993. Join the Options Race Team and CELEBRATE LIFE with us!

For more information about Options Pregnancy Clinic, visit www.optionspregnancyclinic.com.

 

Official Sponsors

Diamond Sponsors

Missouri Beef Industry Council
Mercy
Toyota

Platinum Sponsors

Ascend
Mercy Sports Medicine
The North Face
Hy-Vee

Gold Sponsors

Heart of America Beverage Company
Ollis/Akers/Arney
Southwest Audio Visual

Silver Sponsors

Columbia
Einsteins Bros Bagels
FedEX
Incredible Pizza
Mother's Brewing Company

Gem Sponsors

Big Fish Screenprinting
CoxHealth Meyer Center
First Impressions Printing
Hiland Dairy
Silver Dollar City

Media Sponsors

Springfield News-Leader
100.5 The Wolf
KY3
Alice 95.5