Like its predecessor, 2021 was a time of adjustments. The ongoing pandemic continues to force us to make necessary changes that affect us every single day. The Respect 90 Foundation is no different. While it looks a little different, our commitment to helping at-risk children and families in the communities we serve remains rock solid. Below are some of the ways in which we were able to help make a difference in 2021. We are grateful to those of you, including the Los Angeles Angels baseball organization, who helped us make these initiatives possible. Stay safe. We will get through this challenging time and we will do it together. God bless you all.
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING GRANT
The year started off with a bolt of energy. Through a $50,000 Community Hero grant from the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, Joe and Jaye Maddon gifted awards of $10,000 to five Tampa Bay area charities in January. The five recipients were:
- The Homeless Empowerment Program (Clearwater, FL)
- Metropolitan Ministries (Tampa, FL)
- The Gathering of Women Food Pantry (St. Petersburg, FL)
- Salvation Army (Tampa, FL)
- St. Vincent de Paul (St. Petersburg, FL)
Through Respect 90’s Volunteer Spotlight program, the following $1,000 grants were made:
Child Creativity Lab (Santa Ana, CA)
Mission: to foster the next generation of critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, and leaders through hands-on creativity enhancing exploration.
Casa Teresa (Orange, CA)
Mission: to provide pregnant women in crisis a loving home to begin their healing journey; to break cycles: transform women and help families thrive through effective caring and residential programs.
United Charities/United Children’s Home (Hazleton, PA)
A non-profit organization giving male individuals between the ages of six and 18 a place to call home. They are often removed from their homes due to domestic abuse or neglect. Some come to the home from foster care or in some cases, the hospital.
The Peter J. Mulry Foundation (Tampa, FL)
Legendary Tampa high school baseball coach Pete Mulry’s foundation dedicated to the education, training, coaching, and teaching of life skills and core values to young people deemed necessary for successful achievement.
The Reach Out Speak Out Foundation (Tampa, FL)
Mission: to help women in need of assistance due to domestic violence; to provide shelter, food, clothing, and the necessities of life; to provide information through books and counseling; to enlist the help of other professionals with domestic violence experience; to speak at faith-based organizations and other community meetings regarding the warning signs of domestic violence.
Miracle by the Bay (Tampa, FL)
Dedicated to helping disabled children and their families in the Tampa Bay area.
American Nurses on a Mission (Clearwater, FL)
Nurses who volunteered and self-funded a month-long mission to treat COVID patients in India, a country experiencing the world’s worst outbreak.
Dancing for Donations (Tampa, FL)
Mission: to make dance and the arts more available to people of all ages and abilities in the Tampa Bay Area and to be charitable to the community.
Cora’s Crafts (Brea, CA)
Five-year-old Cora began making jewelry for young hospital patients during COVID-19 and from there it blossomed into a community-wide program to to find other ways to help improve the lives of others in need.
Celebrate Birthdays (Tampa, FL)
A non-profit dedicated to ensuring that every foster child and all children, regardless of personal or financial circumstances, have the opportunity to celebrate their birthday. Celebrate Birthdays serve a five-county area.
The Stano Foundation (Wesley Chapel, FL)
Dedicated to bringing comfort to young military troops and overseas.
Serve the People’s Mobile Vision Clinic (Santa Ana, CA)
Providing eye care to needy students and the homeless.
HAZLETON INTEGRATION PROJECT
In December, Respect 90 partnered with the Maddon’s Hazleton Integration Project for the annual Thanksmas meal for the needy at the Hazleton One Center, headquarters for HIP. Respect 90 also helped fund the HIP After School Scholars, the Time 2 Learn Pre-K and a host of other programs ranging from Spanish for English Speakers to basic computer education programs. Worth noting, HIP won the 2021 Inaugural Charitable Organization of the Year Award from the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce
• Through a partnership with DivvyUp, Respect 90 provided socks for more than 5,000 individuals in need in the Tampa Bay area.
• Respect 90 created a “Try Not to Suck” T shirt translated into Japanese in honor of Angels’ superstar Shohei Ohtani with all proceeds going to at-risk children and families.
• Respect 90 partnered with the Escanaba Eskymos High (MI) School softball team on a fundraising campaign that sold Joe’s patented “Do Simple Better” T-shirts. Money was raised for the school and Miracle League Baseball.
• Respect 90 provided more than 200 hours of volunteer service for non-profits organizations in the Tampa Bay area.
• In conjunction with National Reading Month in March, Respect 90 launched Read 15, a reading program that encouraged participants of all ages to read at least 15 minutes per day. Those who registered at Respect90.org and completed five books through the remainder of 2021, received a unique prize, courtesy of Rawlings, the official supplier of baseballs to the major leagues. Made specifically for Respect 90, Rawlings produced bookmarks made from the same leather as its official baseballs.
ON THE LINKS WITH JOE MADDON FOR CHARITY
• Respect 90 hosted two charity golf tournaments in 2021: Try Not to Suck at the Beach at the beautiful Newport Beach Country Club on August 9 and Try Not to Suck in the Valley at the Valley Country Club in Sugarloaf, PA on October 18. We will be adding a third in 2022: Try Not to Suck in the Desert at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, AZ on March 7, 2022.