The core purpose of Kids for Kids CT is to teach kids the importance of philanthropy. We raise funds though an annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Glastonbury, CT, that give kids the opportunity to volunteer, organize, manage, and participate.
Since we were established in 2013, we have raised and donated over $120,000 to help kids.
Although we want to give wherever kids need help, our major focus is on local kids helping other local kids who are less fortunate, right here in the Hartford region. We also support kids outside our region and one vital children’s cause internationally.
To make this a valuable learning experience, kids in the Glastonbury school system have some say as to where the funds go. For example, one thousand kids at Smith Middle School in Glastonbury recently voted to allocate $5,000 in raised funds to a group of selected charities that help kids. The kids wrote, in their own words, why they voted for that particular charity – the comments were real, engaging and from the heart.
Additionally, this year we are going to allocate funds to the “winners” of each tournament bracket to allow them to allocate to the charity of their choice.
Here’s a small sample of what Glastonbury kids said about the charities we support.
ABC House – Glastonbury, CT | glastonburyabc.org
“You can’t achieve your goals without a good education. These kids deserve the right to a good education so they can have their best chance at life. Glastonbury has a great school system, why not share that with the kids who don’t have good schools!”
Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford | bgchartford.com
“They give children my age and younger a chance to grow and learn. They teach kids character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, and lastly, sports, fitness and recreation. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford offer an outstanding program.”
Connecticut Food Bank | ctfoodbank.org
“I feel we should donate to the Food Bank because they will feed those who are poor in Connecticut. I want hundreds of humans to have dinner tonight.”
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center | connecticutchildrens.org
“My brother was there when he was sick with cancer. They helped me and my whole family smile. They help kids who can’t help themselves, even if they tried.”
Ghana Children’s Fund | ghanachildrensfund.com
“A small amount of money could reshape an entire village in Ghana, Africa, where they have virtually nothing and we are so fortunate here, which is why I want to help them.”
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital | stjude.org
“They are working hard each day to find the cure for cancer. No parent wants to hear ‘I’m sorry, your child lost their life to cancer’.”
The Herren Project | theherrenproject.org
“Sometimes people need a second chance when they may not have started off the best. This program helps kids from using drugs or alcohol. It can save a kid’s life.”