Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds: Youth Sports

Partnering for Greater Impact

In 2015, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation established endowment funds at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo to provide annual support for programs and initiatives that reflect the personal passions of Mr. Wilson, which included youth sports and providing opportunities for all children to be active through sport.

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located within the eight counties of Western New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming). For Youth Sport grants, government agencies also may apply.

Featured Recipient

“Our well-trained staff taught age-appropriate content on topics pertaining to health and wellness, that participants can take into their life outside of athletics. Athletes also had opportunities to engage a variety of less-structed games and activities they had fun with, which kept them physically and mentally active throughout the duration of the sessions,” said Lexi Lindamer, Director of Athletics. “We are very much looking forward to the 2024 Youth Track and Field Development program! Thank you for supporting Chautauqua Striders!”

Chautauqua Striders

“The Legacy Fund has been incredibly important for JCC Aquatics programs this year. Because of this funding, we have been able to offer youth swim lessons, completely free of charge, to underserved children in the City of Buffalo. We have also been able to hire additional coaches for our competitive swim club program, the JCC Storm, allowing more children to participate than ever before. We are grateful to the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo, Project Play WNY, and the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation for their support and are glad to be a partner in the mission to expand opportunities for youth sports in our community.”

Alex Eadie, Senior Director of Advancement, JCC Buffalo

“Thanks to the 2023 RCWJF Youth Sports Legacy Fund, Buffalo Maendeleo Soccer Club doubled our player roster from 20 to 40 participants. This financial support enabled us to keep our bus running, pay our coaches, and keep the program free for players who might otherwise have been unable to join. The impact of this funding and Project Play’s support extends beyond the field, fostering community engagement and creating more opportunities for local youth to thrive through the sport of soccer.”

James Delbert, Treasurer/Secretary, Buffalo Maendeleo Soccer Club