COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine recently announced a $300,000 grant for Athletes in Action (AIA), a Xenia-based nonprofit organization that works to help form well-rounded athletes of integrity in their sport and beyond.
“For more than 45 years, Athletes in Action has helped competitors of many ages,” DeWine said. “I am pleased that this grant will help them continue to serve Ohio communities through athletic programming.”
AIA will use the grant to initiate new, or accelerate existing, sports and training projects for Ohio youth, with plans to reach more than 3,700 athletes and students over a two-year period. The funds will be used in several programs, including: scholarships for AIA Inner City Ultimate Training Camps for high school athletes; team-building facility use for Southwest Ohio Volleyball and Dayton Metro Youth Basketball; the inaugural Total Athlete Football Experience for urban players; and scholarships for athletes in financial need to attend AIA Little Dribbler Camps.
AIA programs cover a wide range of topics, including leadership, motivation, dealing with pressure, and team building. It hosts about 60,000 visitors annually for local, regional, national, and international events at its seven-field multi-sport complex. In partnerships with other organizations and individuals sharing its goals, AIA is also active in more than 90 countries.
Funds for this grant are made available through a multi-state settlement with a company regarding its marketing practices.