The Dade County Sports Foundation
“Never deny a child the opportunity to play.” — Dorothy Forman
The Dade County Sports Foundation (DCSF) is a 501C3 public charity established in 1999 that works to make recreational sports accessible to children of all backgrounds and circumstances.
Through athletic scholarships, we enable deserving children to participate in sports programs and camps throughout the year. Our most common scholarship allows the recipient to attend all 10 weeks of our full-day Summer Tennis Camp for free.
To date, we’ve awarded over $250,000 in scholarships. Every photo on this page is authentic, featuring our scholarship recipients playing sports, attending camp, and having a great time. With your help, we can continue to grant the lifelong gift of sports and recreation to underserved children in our community.
Dorothy Forman Scholarship Fund
Established in memory of Jane Forman’s mother, the Dorothy Forman Scholarship Fund has contributed over $250,000 in athletic scholarships to deserving children, enabling them to participate in recreational sports programs throughout the year. Our most common scholarship, awarded to 15–20 kids each year, allows recipients to attend all 10 weeks of our full-day Summer Tennis Camp for free.
Through our partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the Juvenile Justice System, recipients are carefully chosen by school administrators and Guardian ad Litems based on a variety of life circumstances. In general, these are less fortunate children in our community who would not have otherwise had such an opportunity.
Through another partnership, we offer scholarships to children in families served by Cancer Support Community Greater Miami (CSCGM). This includes children (and their siblings) with cancer in their pediatric oncology program, as well as the children of parents with a cancer diagnosis.
With the help of corporate sponsors and donors like you, we will continue to give the gift of sports and recreation to as many children as possible.
Syrian Refugee Summer Camp Fund
In Miami, nearly two-dozen children arrived as refugees last year from Syria. Their English language skills are limited, and they have had no involvement with formal education. We’d like to help bridge this gap with tennis. Indeed, in our experience, there is no better way to imbue children with a sense of purpose, skill, discipline, and passion than with their commitment to sports. Tennis communication is “all English,” and the coaches who teach and work with Syrian refugee children are language facilitators, as well as caring and supportive mentors.
Our objective is to teach Syrian refugee children how to play tennis through a summer-camp experience by integrating them with other campers, which will aid them in adapting to American customs and attitudes. Our excellent coaches — who will work with these kids over the 10-week summer break — are chosen based on their abilities to connect with younger players, as well as the leadership these coaches have demonstrated in the tennis programs we’ve provided to schools and communities in Miami. Younger players view these coaches as role models, which allows our program to forge a bond that inspires these refugee children to thrive and excel in their new home.
If you would be willing to assist in this most worthwhile endeavor, please consider making a donation. Your contribution would make a significant impact on several children’s lives. Whether you donate $5 or $500 — every little bit helps.
Make a Donation
With a tax-deductible donation, you can help us grant the gift of sports and recreation to underserved children in the community. Any support is appreciated and no contribution is too small!
Become a Sponsor
Why should you support DCSF?
Our mission is to provide recreational sports programs to underserved children of all ages, demographics, and abilities. Your sponsorship would help us grant the gift of summer camp to children who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it. As a token of our appreciation, we’ll promote the sponsorship and broadcast your company’s generosity to thousands of people.
How would your company benefit?
An affiliation with DCSF will combine the strength of two brands, yours and Jane Forman Sports, by cross-promoting each other’s products and services through a variety of marketing arrangements, including but not limited to:
- Co-branding on our website with a live link to your website.
- Co-branded online campaigns (blog posts, emails, & social media)
- Press release emailed to thousands of people announcing the sponsorship
- Co-branded summer promotions, emailed weekly to campers & parents
- Widely visible company banners at the Alper JCC Tennis Center
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