Weekend Recap

World Record!

On Saturday, September 29, 2012, Active Children Portland teamed with the Eastside Timbers in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record at Happy Valley Park in southeast Portland.  Portland was one of 10 affiliate cities to take part in the Great America SCORES soccer dribble.   Groups from the ten cities all simultaneously dribbled soccer balls for a national team effort to break the Guinness World Record for the most people dribbling a soccer ball at the same time. The record was broken with an unofficial number of 2,149 of dribblers in cities across the country, defeating the previous record of 2,068.  115 Portlanders participated in the event.

“Everyone at the Portland Soccer Dribble had a wonderful time supporting such a great cause and we are already looking forward to breaking the record again next year,” said Matt Carle of Eastside Timbers.

In Portland, all proceeds from registration $885, along with a $500 Golazo sponsorship were donated to Active Children Portland to help continue their mission to transform communities through youth soccer.  The donations, combined with nearly $300 in merchandise sales at the event garnered close to $1800 total for Active Children Portland.  “Active Children Portland does so many great things helping students in Portland schools, it was my pleasure to help them with this fabulous event, “ said Matt Carle.

Active Children Portland would like to give thanks to Eastside Timbers for all their work on this event, as well as their support for our organization.  We would also like to extend a HUGE thanks to Michelle Wong, Development Associate for America SCORES National, and her team for organizing such a great event.  Thanks to Pepsi for donating soccer balls and Eurosport for donating T-Shirts!

Finally, none of this would have been possible without all of the great volunteers, the parents and families who participated, and the continued support from adidas America.

Active Children Portland receives PTCF grant!

Active Children Portland executive director Ben Dudley was on the field at halftime of the Timbers game Saturday, September 29th, 2012 to accept a $5000 grant from the Portland Timbers Community Fund.  Active Children Portland was one of 8 locally based non-profits to receive a portion of the $43,400 PTCF.

“It is an honor to accept this grant on behalf of Active Children Portland.  We are so thankful and appreciative for the Portland Timbers organization, as our job would be a lot more difficult without their support, ” said Ben Dudley.



Great News

When Active Children Portland began in 2011, we established a partnership with the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation to be our fiscal sponsor.  This allowed us to have time to organize, form our board of directors and apply for our own 501c3 status.  As of Tuesday, Active Children Portland has officially received our own 501c3 non-profit status from the IRS.  This is a huge development and a milestone to be celebrated for us as an organization.  With this new status, we are legitimized as a true independent Non-profit which will open huge doors for us with grant writing and seeking donations.

Make A Donation

Please consider celebrating with us by making an online donation to Active Children Portland.  The first 25 people who make an online gift of $25 or more will receive 2 Active Children Portland Pint glasses.

*Please note that all donations given up to now will still be considered a tax deductible gift as they were all given to our fiscal sponsor.

*To pick up your pint glasses, please email ben@acportland.org.

Active Children Portland to receive PTCF fall grant

Active Children Portland is excited to announce its selection as one of the Fall Grant recipients of the Portland Timbers Community Fund.  The Portland Timbers awarded $43,400 in grants to eight family and youth non-profit organizations throughout the Portland area.  “This is a huge thing for Active Children Portland.  Not only does it help us financially as we are building our non-profit, but it helps us get exposure to 20,000 amazing soccer fans!  All of those supporters need to know who we are and what we are doing in their community!” – Ben Dudley Executive Director Active Children Portland.

Supported by founding partners JELD-WEN Windows & DoorsAlaska AirlinesadidasPGE and Burgerville, the PTCF presented grants to Active Children Portland, Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest, Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership, Parrot Creek Child and Family Services, p:ear, Portland Reading Foundation, Trillium Family Services and Young Entrepreneurs Business Week.

Active Children Portland will use the $5000 grant toward its fall and spring soccer camps, special programs such as a Poetry Slam and SHOUT, along with ongoing youth coach training.   Ben Dudley will accept the award on behalf of Active Children Portland this Saturday at halftime of the Timbers game. “I am honored to represent Active Children Portland on Saturday.  It will be really fun to be down on the field!  Its a win for Active Children Portland and hopefully the team will get a win also!”



Fox Soccer Channel – Tonight!

The U.S. Soccer Foundation will be featured in an upcoming episode of We Live Soccer, airing tonight on FOX Soccer Channel at 7:30 p.m. EST! We Live Soccer is a program that highlights compelling stories taking place “off the pitch.” The episode will highlight our Urban Soccer Symposium and Capitol Hill Day, as well as Soccer for Success – our free soccer-based afterschool program. We are thrilled to share the ways we use soccer to benefit youth in underserved urban communities and hope you will tune in to learn more about our work!

Become An Active Children Portland Coach

Active Children Portland is Currently Recruiting America SCORES and Soccer for Success Coaches!

What are you doing with your afternoons this Fall? Why not make a difference in the lives of Portland youth by becoming an Active Children Portland Coach?! Coach either America SCORES (Soccer, Poetry, and Service Learning) or Soccer for Success (Soccer and Nutrition Education) four afternoons per week and serve as a positive role model for local kids!

The details of these coaching position will vary from school to school and so click on the links below to learn more about specific opportunities:

Whitman: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/edu/3252183459.html

Davis and Oliver/Parklane: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/edu/3249877326.html

James John: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/edu/3225399402.html

For more information, contact us at info@acportland.org or 971-234-2755.

Davis Kids Play at Jeld-Wen Field

Active Children Portland participants took over Jeld- Wen field last week and raised awareness for the great programs that we run!

Active Children Portland was given a time slot during the half-time show of the August 31st Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids game, providing Active Children Portland with great publicity and giving some local kids a very memorable experience!

The 18 Active Children Portland kids who participated in the event, all from Davis Elementary, played on the Jeld-Wen pitch at half-time in a brief but intense 5 minute scrimmage ending in a 1-1 draw. It’s safe to say that the kids were VERY excited about the experience and words such as “awesome”, and “so cool” were thrown around all evening! Both before and after their 5 minutes in the limelight, the kids all served as enthusiastic Portland Timbers fans up in the stands and could be heard screaming and cheering from many rows away!

The Timbers beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 which made the night even sweeter for the kids and for all of the fans!

It was great for Active Children Portland to receive this kind of large scale exposure and for some of our kids to have an experience that will stay with them forever. We feel very lucky as an organization to have had this opportunity!

Active Children Portland would like to thank Jeld-Wen field and the Portland Timbers for all of their help in making this happen!

adidas Celebrates Active Children Portland

adidas and Portland Timbers Show Support for Active Children Portland!

Last Friday was not the first time adidas employees have taken over the parking lot of Elephants Delicatessen in NW Portland. However, this time the party had a purpose: to support Active Children Portland.

Active Children Portland was fortunate enough to be given a time slot during the half-time show of the August 31st Portland Timbers game against the Colorado Rapids. (Click here to learn more!) In celebration of this opportunity, and to culminate Active Children Portland’s Kilts and Plaids campaign, adidas was kind enough to create special, lightweight Active Children Portland scarves and to make Active Children Portland the focus of its pre-game employee party.

adidas employees and Active Children Portland supporters came together for a BBQ (catered by Elephants Delicatessen, with beer donated by Widmer), a raffle, a performance by Sir James McDonald Pipe Band, and some great speeches by adidas Soccer’s Antonio Zea, Active Children Portland’s Ben Dudley, and KPTV’s Andy Carson.



Following the party, Sir James Mcdonald Pipe Band lead many of the party guests in a procession down to Jeld-Wen field where the Timbers beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0; a great conclusion to a fun evening!



Active Children Portland wants to extend its deepest gratitude to adidas, the Portland Timbers, the staff at Jeld-Wen field, Elephants Delicatessen, Widmer, Sir James McDonald Pipe Band and everyone else who helped to make last Friday such a great success!

Andy Carson and Pete Withers

Wear Kilts and Plaid Friday

Soccer Fans Unite To Support Active Children Portland’s Kilts & Plaids Fundraiser!

Wear a Kilt or Plaid on August 31st to work and to the Timbers Game v. the Colorado Rapids to show your support for our students as they play during halftime!


And don’t forget to download the adidas Employee Store passes! The pass will get you into the adidas Employee Store where you can enjoy buying great new adidas products for 50% off. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Active Children Portland. The store is located at 5060 N Greeley Ave in N. Portland and is open from 10am-9pm seven days per week. The pass expires September 9th, 2012. Click here to download the pass and enjoy!

Work Day at Whitman Elementary

Whitman Elementary is looking better than ever!


More than 75 local people volunteered their time and energy to help improve the school grounds at Whitman Elementary last Saturday, August 25th. Specific projects included lining a soccer field and installing soccer goals, clearing a green space of weeds and dead plants to prepare for a new garden, and painting areas both inside and outside the school. Whitman Elementary is one of Active Children Portland’s Advantage Center sites and we are thrilled by all that was accomplished on Saturday!

Active Children Portland worked hard in collaboration with the Luis Palau Association’s Season of Service, PPS Project Community Care, and Timbers Army’s Operation Pitch Invasion to make the day a success. Everyone came together on Saturday to make great changes for the SE Portland school showing that, with a enough preparation and people involved, a lot can be accomplished in one day!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Luis Palau Association’s Season of Service, it began in 2008 when local churches, an evangelist, and civic leaders came together to solve problems facing the City of Portland. Four years, six cities, and thousands of volunteers and projects later, the Season of Service is a national movement of Christians loving their city.

Jenn Hall, of the Luis Palau Association, reflects on Saturday’s work day, saying, “Serving together unifies community and encourages dedication to the success of local students.  “We are all in this together” was the atmosphere experienced on Saturday, as families joined project teams and young children learned while helping their parents serve.  Budget cuts increase challenges for teachers, but they also generate urgency for community to actively step up and meet the needs of students.Students need a safe, clean place to interactively learn.  The Community Care Day removed graffiti from school grounds, minimized weeds, cleaned up the courtyard to transform into a learning garden and created a soccer field!  As students return to school or discover it for the first time, they will be welcomed into a place prepared for them by a loving community.”

working hardPPS Project Community Care is an annual call to members of the Portland community to work to enhance and beautify schools and school grounds to prepare for the re-opening of schools in September.

Operation Pitch Invasion is a project of Timbers Army 107ist and serves as a means for the Timbers Army to give back to the community. Projects are based around the improvement, restoration, and installment of soccer fields in and around Portland. Fernando Machicado, of Operation Pitch Invasion, shared his thoughts on the work day saying, “I hope the kids use the soccer fields as much as possible, I feel what we did provide another avenue for exercise and the ability to enjoy the sport of soccer.  It is my duty as part of the 107ist and Operation Pitch Invasion to promote soccer throughout our community.”

Josh Barrett,also of Operation Pitch Invasion added that “Operation Pitch Invasion was happy to be part of the work at Whitman

Josh and GarrettElementary. We value the programming that Active Children Portland brings to kids and hope that creation of the soccer field at Whitman will help accomplish those goals. Seeing the community’s investment into Whitman sends a powerful and positive message to the kids, parents and educators. We hope that the work makes the teachers’ jobs just a little easier. Look forward to seeing those kids on the pitch!”


Active Children Portland is proud and excited to have been a part of such a great day and is looking forward to seeing their program participants use the new soccer fields this Fall season!

adidas Employee Store Pass

The kind people of adidas have given us Employee Store passes to share with our partners, friends and volunteers.  The pass will get you into the adidas Employee Store where you can enjoy buying great new adidas products for 50% off.  A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Active Children Portland.  The store is located at 5060 N Greeley Ave in N. Portland and is open from 10am-9pm seven days per week.  The pass expires September 9th, 2012.  Click here to download the pass and enjoy!