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Active Children Portland Hosts Coaches Training for Fall 2015

On Friday, September 18th, Active Children Portland hosted our annual Fall Coach-Mentor training session at adidas. Friday’s training session allowed Active Children Portland staff to prepare 20 new coaches for the upcoming Fall 2015 soccer season.

With help from staff and volunteers, Active Children Portland Program Manager Jared Hoffman led the coaches through conversations in the classroom, and then through an on field practice demonstration. Coaches were taught how to run a daily practice, how to connect with students, and the responsibilities associated with being an Active Children Portland Coach-Mentor.

Coaches were instructed in the classroom and on the field.

Coaches were instructed in the classroom and on the field.

Program Manager Jared Hoffman said “Friday’s training went great! We’re excited for the season to get started. Also, we’d like to thank adidas for allowing us to use their facilities!”

Program Fellow Abbie Tolbert said, “Friday was my first coaches training with Active Children Portland and everything went smoothly. I had a wonderful time meeting and connecting with our coach-mentors for the Fall 2015 season.”

Coaches lined up for an on field demonstration.

Coaches lined up for an on field demonstration.

We’d like to take a moment to thank all of Active Children Portland’s supporters for making Friday’s training so great. Coach-Mentors are an integral part of Active Children Portland programming, and we appreciate all of their hard work and dedication throughout the season.

We’ll see you out on the field, and make sure to check out some of the great photos from Friday’s training below!

Coaches on the move!

Coaches on the move!


Thank you adidas for allowing us to use the field!

Thank you adidas for allowing us to use the field!

Our coaches circle up for a practice demonstration.

Our coaches circle up for a practice demonstration.

It was a beautiful day for some soccer!

It was a beautiful day for some soccer!

“Be The Best Me I Can Be” Music Video


Check out “Be The Best Me I Can Be” written and performed by Dave Berg, Tony Esterly and the America Scores Portland / Active Children Portland students of Davis Elementary. We’re thrilled to have been part of such an amazing experience! The song was recorded at Kung Fu Bakery Recording Studios. Video by Michael Blake; Premiered with Lydia’s Performing Songwriter Page.

Check out the song belong, and let us know what you think!

1st Annual FootGolf Shootout a Success



Some great FootGolf athletes ready to rock and roll.

On Saturday, August 22nd, Active Children Portland hosted our first annual Active Children Portland FootGolf Shootout Sponsored by adidas. 113 players participated in the tournament at Glendoveer Golf Course. The Shootout was a huge success. Thank you for helping us raise $11,000! We’re already looking forward to next year’s event!

“It was so much fun!  Everyone was having a great time and thanks to our sponsors, we had great food and drinks to enjoy as we played.  I was really encouraged by the huge turnout,” said Active Children Portland Executive Director Ben Dudley.

The FootGolf Shootout was a tournament with prizes for lowest over all score, closest to the pin and longest drive.  We also had a hole in one competition sponsored by Mercedes Benz of Wilsonville.  We had 4 players win a Mercedes for the weekend after scoring a hole in one!

“I was shocked when I learned that 4 people made hole in ones! Crazy!  Even more crazy was 3 people made a hole in one on the closest to the pin contest.  We held a shootout for the prize.  It was an epic day!”

FootGolf Fun

Just a couple of our good looking teams!

Active Children Portland would like to thank our title sponsor adidas for their continued support, and for providing soccer balls, socks, and employee store passes to our participants. Additionally, thank you to Base Camp Brewing Co. for providing beer, and Chipotle for providing lunch. Finally, thank you to the Northrup Corporation, Providence, Mercedes Benz of Wilsonville, Safeco, and Northwest Bank for their support. We truly appreciate our sponsor’s support.

“Also, a huge thank you to Austin Early and Evan Lundgren for putting the tournament together!  Without their help, this event would not have happened.”

Scroll down to check out some photos from the event, and we’ll see you there next year!


Looking down at a FootGolf hole.


Thanks for your support, Soccer Shots!


Thanks for your support, Mercedes Benz of Wilsonville!


adidas Sambas are a timeless sneaker.

50% off at adidas!!!

50% off Employee Store Pass
Our amazing partners at adidas America are offering an opportunity to all of our supporters to come and shop at the Employee store where you will receive 50% off of your purchase.
In addition to the great savings, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Active Children Portland.
The pass is valid from Aug.14th-Sept.13th 2015.


We’ve moved!

Active Children Portland Moves to New Office
New location puts Active Children Portland closer to program sites and communities

Portland, OR, August 10, 2015: Today, Active Children Portland is proud to announce we’ve moved our offices to 7931 NE Halsey Suite 201, Portland, OR 97213. Our new offices help put Active Children Portland closer to our program sites, in addition to putting us closer to the local Portland communities we strived to serve and improve.

Executive Director Ben Dudley said, “The move is an exciting thing for us. This strategically puts us into an area of the city where we can have faster access to our program locations. This allows us to better resource our programs.”

Active Children Portland would like to thank adidas for continuing to partner with Active Children Portland and for graciously hosting us for the past five years.

“We have been so fortunate to have an amazing partner like adidas America. Not only did they provide us with office space for 5 years to help us get started; when we moved out, they sent us off with office furniture and supplies.”

We look forward to continuing to work with adidas in the future.

We have a bit of unpacking to do...

We have a bit of unpacking to do…

1st Annual Active Children Portland FootGolf Shootout

Active Children Portland is proud to announce that on August 22nd, 2015 Glendoveer Golf & Tennis will host the first annual Active Children Portland FootGolf Shootout sponsored by adidas.

FootGolf is a new, exhilarating sport that combines the rules of golf with the energy of soccer. This event promises to resonate exceptionally well with our passionate Portland sports fan base, and will provide funding for Active Children Portland programs.

Up to 144 registered players will participate in the shotgun style tournament. There will be beverage carts, labeled 21+ areas, and a merchandise booth that will be available for spectators throughout the event. An awards ceremony will take place at the conclusion of the tournament, congratulating the participants as well as highlighting major event sponsors. So break out your best golf outfit, and come play in one of the fastest growing sports!

Sign up your foursome today, and we’ll see you at Glendoveer Golf & Tennis on August 22nd!

We’d like to thank adidas for being our title sponsor. We would also like to thank Base Camp Brewing, Chipotle, Mercades Benz of Wilsonville and the Northrup Corporation, our presenting sponsors, for providing Active Children Portland with the opportunity to take part in such a great event.


Event Details:


Date and time: Saturday, August 22nd, 2015, 1:30PM-5:30PM


Location: Glendoveer Golf & Tennis – 14015 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR 97230


Cost: $50 registration fee per player. Registration includes: FootGolf fees, Official Players Swag Bag, & Food and 2 drinks

Sponsorship opportunities available.  Email info@acportland for more details.

Community Cup: Volunteers Wanted

Just like last year, Active Children Portland is looking for volunteers for the Community Cup. The Portland Timbers Community Cup is a full sided soccer tournament for local companies to compete against each other to raise money for the Community Fund. The Qualifiers will take place at THPRD August 8-9 and the Finals at Providence Park August 23. This is a great event, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Portland Timbers Community Cup

Date: August 8-9 & 23, 2015

Location: Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation Department & Providence Park

Time: Volunteer shifts available all day

Please sign up on the Google doc here.  Community Cup Volunteers

Sqord Bands: Keeping Kids Active

In order to promote a healthy lifestyle for students taking part in Active Children Portland summer camps, and with help from Movin’ It Kids, we have begun issuing Sqord Booster bands to children in select camps.

The Sqord Booster

The Sqord Booster


Sqord Boosters look like a wristwatch and track the wearer’s activity throughout the day. Sqord Boosters allow the user to challenge themselves, and their friends, to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Recently, local media came out to camp to check out how the Sqord bands are promoting a healthy lifestyle for children throughout camp and even after in their everyday lives.

Check out some of the videos from these links from KGW, KATU, and KOIN: