The Spartan Kids Foundation strives to provide extraordinary experiences to underserved and challenged youth so as to promote healthy and active lifestyles.

With the support of the Spartan community, the Spartan Kids Foundation provides grants and curriculum in support of schools and youth organizations’ efforts to encourage healthy lifestyles among their students and community. Spartan Kids Foundation also works to give free access to Spartan events and kids races for students at partner schools and youth organizations, providing a unique opportunity for these youth to demonstrate their strength, resiliency, and team work.

Reaching Students Where They Are

The Spartan Kids Foundation looks to establish robust partnerships with schools and youth organizations across the US. Through the Spartan Kids Foundation Fitness Grant Program, the Foundation supports schools and youth organizations in promoting programs that help encourage and support physical fitness education and healthy lifestyles.

The Spartan Kids Foundation runs regional grant programs throughout the year. Schools from grades kindergarten through 12 within each region are invited to apply for $1,000 grants to support their fitness efforts. Local youth organizations are invited to apply as well. Spartan Kids Foundation encourages and seeks partners with creative ideas designed to best engage students in sports and fitness activities. Grants have been used for a wide range of programs such as equipment for a soccer field, juggling instruction, yoga mats, and playground supplies. Grants can also be utilized for coaching programs on site.

Boys playing basketball together in a school gym

Where We've Come From...And Where We're Going

Where We’ve Come FromAnd Where We’re Going

Here is a snapshot of the Spartan Kids Foundation’s activities over the years.

2017

SPARTAN RACE AND SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN IN HOUSTON CONQUER OBSTACLES TOGETHER

Shriners Hospital for Children, Houston, was the first city that the Spartan Kids Foundation worked with in the new fundraising model, and is a perfect partner based on all of their community support in the city. Our initiative aimed to raise awareness and funds for Shriners while giving young patients with orthopedic conditions the opportunity to compete in the race and discover their ability to conquer physical obstacles. Learn more.

2017

RANDY MOSS CHARITY HEAT IN VIRGINIA RAISES MONEY FOR THE SPARTAN FOUNDATION

Football legend Randy Moss stepped off the field and onto the gritty Spartan race course Saturday, Aug. 26, tackling fire, barbed wire and mud to raise money for the Spartan Kids Foundation, which supports active, healthy lifestyles for kids and young adults. Learn more.

2017

SPECIAL OLYMPICS PARTNERS WITH SPARTAN RACE AT LAMBEAU FIELD, GREEN BAY WISCONSIN

The Spartan Kids Foundation forged a partnership with Special Olympics Wisconsin, donating 300 race entries to be used by Special Olympics Wisconsin as a tool to generate charitable donations. The partnership enabled Special Olympics Wisconsin to leverage Spartan Race local visibility for their organization and also provided a unique fundraising opportunity. Learn more.

2017

THE JIMMIE JOHNSON FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH THE SPARTAN KIDS RACE

The Jimmie Johnson FIT FEST marked The Jimmie Johnson Foundation’s collaboration with The Spartan Kids Foundation and Spartan Kids Race, featuring obstacles crafted to instill adventure, courage, camaraderie and a sense of accomplishment. There was a heat for the Special Spartans, children with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and those with cognitive learning or vocational delays. Learn more.

2018

SPARTAN KIDS FOUNDATION TEAMS UP WITH SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN

Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Spartan Kids Foundation teamed up to help patients overcome obstacles and join the Spartan Kids Races. The partnership provided Shriners Hospitals’ patients the opportunity to participate in the Spartan Kids Races. This gave children ages four to 13 the opportunity to run, jump, get muddy, learn camaraderie, and have a good time while conquering obstacles.

2019

SPARTAN KIDS FOUNDATION DONATES RACE TICKETS FOR FUNDRAISING TO THE HOME FOR LITTLE WANDERERS

The Home for Little Wanderers in Massachusetts acts as a safe haven for many of the children in the state who are part of the staggering statistics of neglect and abuse, providing therapeutic programming residential and non-residential programs. In 2019 the Spartan Kids Foundation donated 100 free passes to the Spartan Race at Fenway Park, as a fundraiser for the Home. Learn more.

2019

Denver Schools Debut Spartan Fitness Curriculum

Denver Public Schools have been utilizing the new Spartan PE Fitness Curriculum in many of their PE classes, proving to be an overwhelming success. The program was designed by Dr. Jeff Godin at Spartan, working closely with Denver PE specialists, supported by The Spartan Kids Foundation. Learn more.

2019

BOKS AND THE SPARTAN KIDS FOUNDATION TEAM UP FOR FREE HIGH SCHOOL FITNESS PROGRAM

BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success), and Spartan, teamed up to create a free functional fitness program to keep high schoolers engaged in physical activity by preparing them to compete in a Spartan race. The program was administered through the Spartan Kids Foundation, Spartan’s not-for-profit arm. Learn more.

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kids receive athletic supplies as a result of Spartan Kids Foundation's partnership with schools

Spartan Kids Foundation Fitness Grant Program Has Been Launched

In 2019, we launched the Spartan Kids Foundation Fitness Grant Program. We awarded 16 select schools nationwide each with a grant of $1,000, to support their physical fitness education programs.

Clayton Elementary School is one of the First Recipients of The Spartan Kids Foundation Fitness Grant Program

Clayton Elementary School in Englewood Colorado is one of the first schools to receive funds from the Spartan Kids Foundation Fitness Grant Program. This is an innovative program that addresses a key unmet need for financial support for physical education among public schools in low income areas.

The Spartan Kids Foundation Joins Forces with Denver Public Schools

Denver Public Schools have partnered with the the Spartan Kids Foundation to incorporate the new Spartan PE Fitness Curriculum in many of their PE classes.