Team Tootoo Fund announces three grants

March 3, 2012: Sunrise, FL, USA; Nashville Predators right wing Jordin Tootoo (22) warms up with a puck before a game against the Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The following press release just came from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee:

Nashville Predator Jordin Tootoo's The Team Tootoo Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee announces grants totaling $11,900 to three organizations.

In an effort to curtail bullying through local prevention programs, two grants were awarded to STARS and the Oasis Center. STARS - Students Taking a Right Stand - serves Middle Tennessee schools and communities by providing prevention, intervention and treatment services addressing bullying in public schools, and other social and emotional barriers. OasisCenter targets Nashville's most vulnerable and disconnected youth with a mission to help them grow, thrive and create positive change in their lives and in the community.

As someone who was picked on in high school, Tootoo hopes the programs will help do its part in curbing the epidemic of bullying. "If schools are able to educate and create a culture of tolerance and respect, we can see such a positive growth in our communities' kids," said Tootoo

One of the ways Tootoo was able to get through difficult times was with the help and encouragement of teammates. Recognizing the importance teambuilding had on his development, The Team Tootoo Fund also made a grant to The Sports Fund of The Community Foundation. The Sports Fund is permanently endowed source of funding to ensure support for Middle Tennessee nonprofits that provide a sense of belonging and inspiration of coaches, a "hook" to attract kids to programs also offering tutoring, and more.

"The teams I've been lucky enough to be a part of have helped me through many things - I am grateful for that support system," said Tootoo. "If you get knocked down, your team will pick you back up off the ground."

The Team Tootoo Fund's inaugural grant was awarded to The Jason Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of youth suicide through awareness and education.

More information about the Team Tootoo Fund is online, at www.cfmt.org/teamtootoofund.

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 840 charitable funds, providing customized philanthropic solutions with flexibility for donors, nonprofit organizations and the community. In the past 20 years, The Community Foundation has distributed more than $596 million to community programs and institutions. It is located at 3833 Cleghorn Avenue, #400, Nashville, Tennessee 37215. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.

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