THE SPARKS BASEBALL CLUB '22
The Sparks Baseball Club for students at the Barack Obama Charter School in South Los Angeles now has a wait list to join! Launched in the fall of 2021, participants are learning the fundamentals of baseball and sportsmanship. We look forward to expanding the program and continuing to support these amazing kids! Special thanks to Big League Impact and Players Trust, as well as the staff at BOCS who are volunteering as coaches.
2021 TSF GRANT RECIPIENTS
THE SPARKS BASEBALL CLUB
Since our inception, we have been committed to empowering young people by supporting athletic programs and other initiatives that strive to improve confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills. In 2021, we launched the TSF Athletic Grant Program and encouraged all ages and genders from different backgrounds and cultures to apply. We proudly awarded grants to two youth athletes, Cameron Nguyen and Noah Skarda, and one youth sports program, Athletes of Influence. Applications are now open for 2022!
We are thrilled to announce The Sparks Baseball Club, Barack Obama Charter School's first after school baseball program in South Los Angeles. The Sparks launched in the fall of 2021, with approximately 30 kids ranging from third to fifth grade. The TSF supplied uniforms and equipment, and rennovated the school's baseball field. Special thanks to Big League Impact and Players Trust for helping us make this happen!
HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
We've partnered with Santa Monica High School to provide a deserving student, Sean Garcia, with a scholarship to further his athletic and educational pursuits. Sean was a 2021 graduating senior who will go on to study Kinesiology. He plans to use the scholarship for tuition and school books. Thank you to the staff at Santa Monica High School and our incredible donors for making this possible!
2020 HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE
Our incredible TSF community helped us exceed our goal to donate games, toys, and stuff over 100 stockings for UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, benefitting Health Pediatrics and NICU. We are so proud to come together and uplift as many families as we can during the holiday season.
The TSF sponsored two student-athletes from St. Monica’s Catholic Church on a mission trip to Nairobi, Kenya. The students were part of a larger student group that spent two weeks in Nairobi at Holy Cross Dandora Catholic Parish and St. James Primary School, supporting the church’s and schools’ efforts in the areas of spiritual growth, education and health care.
2022 SPRINT TO SPRING 5K
The Second Annual TSF Virtual Sprint to Spring 5K was open to all runners, joggers, walkers, bikers, and skiers(!) who wanted to participate, from wherever they chose to participate. There was a choice to purchase an exclusive race T-shirt or a T-shirt and TSF thermos bundle this year! Registration fees directly benefitted the TSF to support youth sports programs. Thank you to our sponsors, JSF Financial and Turret Punch Co.!
2021 HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE
Our second annual Holiday Toy Drive is underway! Partnering with UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, we are accepting donations through our website and Amazon gift registry to fill stockings with toys and essentials for patients in the NICU. Last year, we were able to exceed our goal within the first week! Join us again this year in spreading holiday cheer!
2021 THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE
TSF GRANT APPLICATONS
Our second year hosting a TSF Thanksgiving Food Drive was beyond successful! We teamed up with Partners for Children South LA, Sodexo Inc., and GUESS to provide 750 warm Thanksgiving meals to families in need - 100 more meals than last year! Thank you to our incredible donors who helped us exceed our goal within 48 hours, and to our amazing volunteers who help to make these events possible!
Applications for athletic grants are now live! Apply today and describe the need for your project or program that supports the execution of the TSF mission to empower young people by supporting athletic programs and initiatives. We encourage all genders from different backgrounds and cultures to apply.
2021 SPRINT TO SPRING 5K
The TSF Virtual Sprint to Spring 5K was open to all runners, joggers, walkers, bikers, and anyone who wanted to participate, from wherever they wanted to participate! An exclusive TSF race T-shirt was sent to all participants, and registration fees directly benefitted the TSF to support youth sports programs.
GRAB 'N GO MEAL DISTRBUTION
TIDE TEAM SPONSORSHIP
The TSF sponsored a travel team of 12-year old athletes who competed in the week-long Youth Baseball Nationals Tournament. The TIDE program challenges their players to overcome adversity and build skills both on and off the diamond; they represent the dedication that Tyler often spoke about. TSF paid the team’s $7,000 entry fee for the tournament, greatly reducing costs for the families involved.
STC LEGENDS CHEERLEADING
The STC Legends Cheerleading program consists of three female youth teams, ages 5-10, based in South Los Angeles. TSF has been hands-on with the teams, volunteering directly with the program teaching cheerleading and gymnastics, as well as helping to fundraise for uniforms, sneakers, and competition fees. Congratulations are in order as all three teams qualified for nationals and will be competing for the championship title in the beginning of 2022!
2021 TSF ALL-STAR GAME
TSF WESTSIDE INVITATIONAL
In July of 2021, coached by former MBL players, the best of the best Southern California high school senior baseball players played at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium, in the inagural TSF Senior All-Star Baseball Game. The afternoon was full of family, community, and baseball, and included a 50/50 raffle and TSF All-Star Game T-shirts, All-Star Scholarship recipients were Eldridge Armstrong, Josiah Chavez, and Ethan Flanagan, and the game MVP was Gianni Horvat.
We are proud to continue to support Los Angeles-area baseball with the creation of a new high school baseball tournament, on the Los Angeles' westside. The TSF Westside Invitational took place April 1st and April 3rd, and participating teams included Santa Monica High School, Culver City High School, South Torrance High School, and Capistrano Valley Christian High School.
2020 THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE
TSF, Artisan Restaurant C0llection, Sodexo Inc., Feeding Families Santa Monica, Gelsons'Markets, and Partners4Children South LA came together and partnered to host our first Thankgiving Food Drive. Our generous donors allowed us to provide 650 Thanksgiving meals (and dessert!) for local communities in need.
TYLER SKAGGS BATTING CAGES
As a young teen, Tyler played baseball at North Venice Little League. So, when the league needed money to help renovate its batting cages, the TSF was more than happy to provide $5,000 toward that effort. Today, the cages are known as the Tyler Skaggs Batting Cages.
GRAB 'N GO MEAL DISTRBUTION
During the COVID-19 crisis, the Tyler Skaggs Foundation assembled and distributed meals to children and families within the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, at Gran and Go meal stations. Many of these families relied on meals served in schools. View a story about the Grab and Go program HERE.