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Recognizing Mental Health & Wellness Every Month

Our hearts and deepest condolences go out to the families in Uvalde, TX, who are reeling from the unthinkable loss of their children. We pray for the healing of those who were injured, as well as their family members, friends, and all the children that will live in fear and anxiety every day going forward.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month but in my opinion, we should be recognizing mental health and wellness measures every month.
An estimated 20 million of our nation's young people can currently be diagnosed with a mental health disorder, yet there are not enough services, beds, or treatment centers available for children and adolescents suffering from mental illness.
The lack of services for young children, the fear of having our child diagnosed with a mental illness, or the belief that it will just go away in time stops are children from getting the help they need.
Early diagnosis and treatment can give your child the relief and freedom to be a happy, healthy child that will transition from childhood into adulthood with success.
Living with mental health issues every day is far worse than having a label. According to the Mayo Clinic, mental health disorders in children are defined as delays or disruptions in developing age-appropriate thinking, behaviors, social skills, or regulation of emotions. These problems are distressing to children and disrupt their ability to function well at home, in school, or in other social situations.
We need to let our kids and peers know that it is okay to ask for help, to get help, and to talk about mental illness.
Learn about the warning signs and if you are concerned about your child’s mental health, reach out to your pediatrician for referrals, contact a local psychologist or try telehelp from your home at or find another source.
Research what is available in your community to help youth struggling with mental illness issues and if there aren’t many resources, be a catalyst in your and fight for services for our youth that need help while they are young.
For assistance in your community, find a local NAMI organization or affiliate here

The 5th Annual SuperStar Sports Party

Join The Libertore Fund For Children in making an impact on underprivileged and at-risk kids while casually enjoying a fun-filled night of music, dancing, food & drinks. Enjoy live music from The Big Chill, an open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction. Have fun making bids on incredible sports memorabilia, game-day experiences, and locally sponsored prizes.

The SuperStar Sports Party proceeds go to the Larry Libertore Youth Sports Scholarship program to provide scholarships to underprivileged youth, ages 11-18, with the opportunity to participate in sports leagues or camps that would be otherwise unattainable. 

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2022

Where: 34 Club at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2201 Lakeland Hills. Blvd., Lakeland, FL  33805

Time: 7:00-10:00 P.M.

Attire: Casual...Team Colors Encouraged

Since the inception of this scholarship in 2019, with the help of our donors and sponsors, we have awarded scholarships to 41 young aspiring athletes that would not have been able to participate in sports camps and leagues due to financial restraints. Our goal for 2022 is to raise $50,000 to give 41 more student-athletes a scholarship! 

This scholarship program is in honor of Larry Libertore, a Gator Great. He had the fighting spirit to thrive in a sport where he was seen as an underdog. He went on to become a star athlete for the University of Florida at only 5'8" tall and 138 pounds, holding the record for the most rushing yards until Tim Tebow broke his record. Larry believed that every child has the potential to succeed if provided the opportunity and that sports can be the conduit to successful adulthood. But, for so many children, sports are beyond their reach due to financial constraints and that is why we are asking for your support to reach this attainable goal.

Why are sports an important influence for developing young minds?

Top 4 Reasons Youth Need Sports

  1. Improved Physical Health- build a foundation of good exercise habits for the future.
  2. Athletes Accelerate in Academics- being involved in sports can not only help cognitive performance but also lead to improved academic functioning.
  3. Mental Health Benefits- adolescents in sports, tend to understand themselves better and are best able to set limits and boundaries when considering children’s overall social and emotional experience.
  4. Nothing worthwhile in life comes easily- Learning to work hard in sports and tolerate the natural ups and downs of athletics, can support the development of grit.
Source: Four Reason Why Sports Team Sports Are a Win-win for Teens

Get Ready to Connect, Collaborate, Come Together

Noon to Noon, April 26 - 27, 2022

The Giving Challenge is an exciting 24-hour online giving event. We've accepted the challenge in recent years and we're excited the challenge is back in 2022! The Libertore Fund For Children will connect with 700+ nonprofit organizations, during this full day of giving, with passionate donors and community members to support diverse causes and create enduring impact in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties. We hope you'll join us in the challenge by joining together and making a charitable donation to our kids!

Since 2012, the Giving Challenge has acted as a catalyst for connection and provided more than $59 million in unrestricted funding over seven challenges. During the 2020 Giving Challenge, in a time of unprecedented need, our community reached out with a remarkable outpouring of support, raising $19.1 million in just 24 hours. We can't wait to see how you'll help us rise to the challenge!

The Giving Challenge is hosted by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation.

Keep up with the latest on social media with #GivingChallenge2022 and #BeTheOne


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The Libertore Fund For Children
P.O. Box 5415
Lakeland, FL 33807

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