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In 2020, the Vernon L. Odom Fund awarded grants totaling $6,750 to eight nonprofit organizations:

See a complete history of Vernon L. Odom Fund grants

Father holding toddler son in air

Two of this year's grants supported fatherhood mentoring programs.

  • Akron Inner City Soccer Club, for a year-round, after-school soccer program for inner-city youth, $1,000
  • Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio, to support a ballroom dancing program for fifth graders at Forest Hill Community Learning Center that teaches teamwork, self-confidence and respect, $1,000
  • Embrace Clinic & Care Center, to support a fatherhood mentoring program that equips fathers to connect with and care for their children, $500
  • First Tee of Akron, for the 2020 Putting with the Police event, which aims to build trust between law enforcement officers and the southwest Akron community through an informal golf competition and outreach activities, $750
  • LeBron James Grandmothers Fan Club, to support a mentoring program for third graders at Helen Arnold Community Learning Center that provides academic and social support for at-risk students, $1,000
  • South Akron Youth Mentorship, to support a hip-hop music camp that empowers teens living in the Arlington Road neighborhoods of Southeast Akron to use their voice to become change agents in their community, $1,000
  • Summit County Historical Society, to support a trolley tour during the University of Akron’s Rethinking Race forum featuring the city’s African American history and a hike to the John Brown Monument, $500
  • Williams Challenge, for a fatherhood education and mentoring program that gives at-risk and absent fathers the support they need to develop positive relationships with their children, $1,000
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