Connect with The Libertore Fund for Children in Central Florida and the Florida Suncoast to improve at-risk children’s quality of life with the tools they need to succeed.   

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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

My name is Xia Nicole Martin and I’m applying for funding for my 2021-22 travel volleyball season. I was truly blessed last year to receive this much-needed scholarship from your foundation. This scholarship helped pave the way to play in different tournaments, gain exposure, receive much-needed instruction and training from the great coaching staff at JJVA. Because of the exposure that your resources helped provide, I was awarded several honors including one of “In the Game Magazine’s” top volleyball players in NE Florida and WJXT Channel 4 & Vystar’s Athlete of The Week, just to name a few. I stand before you again asking that I be approved for a second round of resources as the new volleyball travel season tryouts are upon us. The resources your foundation provides are vital towards my ultimate goal of playing Division I volleyball at the collegiate level and beyond. Going into my junior year, it is crucial that I play in as many tournaments as possible, continue to receive training and instruction, and get in front of as many college coaches as humanly possible. Unfortunately, my parents can’t afford to send me, as covid has truly been a burden financially to my family. I pray that you will consider awarding me another round of funding to help me to play another great year of travel volleyball. Please help me to achieve my dream of playing on the collegiate level.


Xia Martin

Mrs. Lana, I cannot express my gratitude without tears in my eyes and joy in my heart. Thank you so much for your foundation and for awarding my children this scholarship. May God continue to bless your organization because for children all over the world who are faced with so much opposition to be blessed in this way, is truly remarkable. 

Thank you and God bless you!

A Grateful Mom

The Larry Libertore Youth Sports Scholarship is helping young athletes, ages 11 to 18, with the financial obligations they incur during their competitive sports ventures. From high school sports and recreational leagues to competitive travel team fees, The Larry Libertore Youth Sports Scholarship enables student-athletes to reach for the stars... but it's more than that. We included the note from a mom because the financial burden parents face encouraging their sons and daughters in sports can be tremendous. The average pair of youth cleats is $60 and a competition tech swimsuit can range from $115 to $400+, not to mention the ongoing team fees and costs during travel competitions. When you donate to The Libertore Fund for The Larry Libetore Youth Sports Scholarship, you're delivering hope to the next generation of superstars! 

The Libertore Fund for Children provides grants and resources to other non-profit agencies that share our goal of giving hope and help to at-risk, disadvantaged children, ages 0-18.

Every dollar donated is an investment in a child and that makes investing your dollars wisely a top priority. We do the research to assess program effectiveness, cost-efficiency, transparency, and the need for funding to ensure a lasting impact.

Our areas of impact are:

  • Child Abuse
  • Foster Care & Adoption
  • Child Therapy
  • Child hunger
  • Trafficking
  • Shelter for homeless mothers and children
  • Early literacy & readiness

Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of at-risk children, eliminating barriers to their success so they can realize a brighter future. We know from research that disadvantaged youth face barriers to success that can have serious negative outcomes. With intervention and prevention, they can become productive members of our society. We invite you to partner with us to change the lives of our most vulnerable children.

The Yearly State of Our Children in Florida
  • 19,000 children are in the foster care system
  • 600 children are waiting to be adopted
  • Over 34,000 children are victims of child abuse or neglect
  • 1,750 children are victims of human trafficking
  • 40% of kindergartners are not ready for K
  • 91,068 school-aged children are homeless
  • 1 in 6 kids do not know where they will get their next meal
Together We Can Make A DifferenceContact Lana Swartzwelder today to partner with us! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (844)329-4434 

The Libertore Fund for Children, a 501 (c)(3) #CH49581

We’re all physically and mentally tired of COVID-19 but still have to cope with it. Coping with the unknown, change, and loss can lead to physical and mental exhaustion. With that comes irritability and a lack of patience. You may not realize you’re tip-toeing near exhaustion and our kids aren’t equipped to recognize the signs either.

7 Signs of Exhaustion

  1. Feeling depleted
  2. Not motivated by things you were prior to the pandemic
  3. Chronic sleepiness or tiredness
  4. Trouble falling asleep and staying asleep
  5. Headache, dizziness, or impaired decision-making
  6. Sore, aching muscles, or weakness
  7. Moodiness and irritability

6 Ways To Combat Fatigue At Home

  1. Create Routines: Being flexible is great but having a routine can help children and adults go forward knowing what to expect that day. Routines add stability to the day that is surrounded by fear of what will happen next. Will I be quarantined? Will I get sick or someone I know? Will I go to work or school?
  2. Make Quality Time For Each Other: A quick 15-minute round of cards or eating dinner together with questions that require thoughtful responses, even taking a walk outside with no devices can help.
  3. Get Your Sleep: Tired brains need rest. Going to sleep at the same time each night and waking up at the same time, remove devices and electronics from your bedside, stop drinking water an hour before bedtime.
  4. Create Space For Open Communication: Use some active listening tips - be open-minded, watch facial expressions, remove all distractions, ask clarifying questions, and don’t be judgmental. This communication develops trust and a caring environment that will lead to your kids coming to you to talk when they need your support and advice.
  5. Laugh more: watch some funny pet videos or a silly movie with your kids and remember to laugh with them. “Laughter is the best medicine.” Proverb
  6. Build Your Relationship: If you or your child is experiencing fatigue, it most likely is wearing on your relationship. Find ways to spend quality family time together; grab a latte, take a bike ride, or enjoy an ice cream outing.

Recognizing the signs of what causes exhaustion can help you navigate the feelings and emotions we’re all experiencing. If you or your child need immediate help, contact your physician or mental health provider. 

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