CAVALIERS YOUTH FUND a fund of the McCormick Foundation Awards Over $225,000 in Grants for Second Quarter of 2010

CLEVELAND, OH - July 21, 2010 - The Cavaliers Youth Fund a fund of the McCormick Foundation has awarded grants to five very deserving Northeast Ohio nonprofit programs and organizations, totaling $225,000 for the second quarter of 2010. With its focus on youth-based organizations and causes, the Cavaliers Youth Fund has granted more than $20.5 million to local nonprofit organizations since its inception in 1993.

“Cleveland is a great place, with a great future ahead of it. Our young people are at the core of it all. Nothing is more important than inspiring kids in our community. The Cavaliers Youth Fund is proud to assist the programs and organizations that are making the ‘diff’ with our children,” said Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert. “Our thanks and gratitude goes out to everyone who supports this critical cause through year-round fundraising efforts and personal donations.”

These grants benefit young people in the areas of education, recreation, employment and life skills, with particular emphasis on programs aimed toward at-risk youth. Grants were awarded to the following programs and organizations:

Youth Sports Program at Case Western Reserve University
The National Youth Sports Program at CWRU addresses the health and social needs of economically disadvantaged youth through a unique five-week summer enrichment program combining sports activities, education, nutrition and health services.

Whole School Whole Child program at City Year, Inc.
City Year is a national service organization with a mission to develop young leaders through 10 months of full-time community service. Additionally, their Whole School Whole Child program allows Corps members to serve full-time as tutors and mentors and run after-school programs for students in grades 1-12.

Urban Outreach Summer at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association
The Urban Outreach Summer program provides low-income Cleveland-area children with the opportunity to attend CVNPA’s residential summer programs where they focus on hands-on encounters with theatre, culinary arts and multi-media arts free of charge.

Summer Program at The HELP Foundation
The HELP Foundation’s Summer Program services more than 300 children with special needs that cannot be met through traditional summer camp experiences due to their severe developmental disabilities and medical conditions.

Shoes & Clothes for Kids
SC4K’s Buying and Distribution program purchases and distributes shoe gift cards, new clothing and other essential items for over 25,000 children in Greater Cleveland. SC4K positively impacts the lives of area children by giving them the self-esteem and confidence that comes from having brand new shoes and clothes.

About the Cavaliers Youth Fund
Cavaliers Youth Fund (CYF), a fund of the McCormick Foundation, supports programs designed to positively impact young people in the areas of education, recreation, employment and life skills with a particular emphasis on programs aimed towards at-risk youth. Additional consideration is given to programs that deal with health-related diseases.

Since its inception in 1993, more than $20.5 million has been granted through the CYF, to local nonprofit organizations. The McCormick Foundation matches funds raised by CYF at fifty cents on the dollar, increasing the amount available to grant to worthwhile agencies.

About the McCormick Foundation
The McCormick Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening our free, democratic society by investing in children, communities and country. Through its five grant making programs, Cantigny Park and Golf, and three world-class museums, the Foundation helps build a more active and engaged citizenry. The Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The Foundation is one of the nation’s largest charities, with $1.2 billion in assets. For more information, please visit