SHRM Kickball And No Kid Hungry (#SHRMKickBall)


SHRM_Kickball_2013 Next week is SHRM Annual, the Super Bowl for HR nerds. Whether this is your first time attending, or you're a seasoned vet, SHRM is quite an experience. This year, I have the privilege of joining many of my HR colleagues in a charity kickball game to raise money for No Kid Hungry (you can check out the event page here).

The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority. You can learn more in the video below:

I'll be proudly representing Team Green (Team Tassel) Sunday evening. The players and audience will skew towards heavy social media users, so there will be plenty of tweets, instagrams, vines and video to share the game events as they unfold. You can follow along on the #SHRMKickball hashtag. 

If you'd like to support our effort, please donate. Every dollar makes a difference.

I want to thank my friend, Dwane Lay (@DwaneLay), for organizing this event. He wrote an eloquent blog post on his site, LeanHRBlog, that I wanted to share below.

There is, deeply embedded into our collective psyche, the drive to do good. Specifically, good for others, for those who can’t do for themselves. And good in a way that can change someone’s life. Last June, at the SHRM Annual conference in Atlanta, Dovetail sponsored a small hockey game in the park. Aside from earning the players some strange looks, the game generated hundreds of dollars for Atlanta Mission. You can read more here if you like.

This year, we have had more time to plan and more people asking to be part of the event. We’re proud to share that we will be repeating our event, though in a different venue and format.

Sunday, June 16th, Dovetail Software and Dice will be sponsoring SHRM Kickball 2013 to benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign. We will be playing in Grant Park in Chicago, and have an all-star list of social media personalities making up the rosters. We couldn’t be more proud of the cause for which we play, or the people who have jumped at the chance to be part of the event. We have a target of $5,000 this year, a tough be reachable goal.

To make a donation, even of just a few dollars, please click here to visit our fundraising page. No amount is too small (or too large) to have an impact.

No Kid Hungry connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority. This year, more than 16 million children in America will face hunger. That’s one in five. NKH is working to connect hungry kids with the food they need to grow and thrive.

Every dollar you donate will make a huge impact for kids. In fact, just $1 can help connect a child with 10 meals. Our goal of $5,000, while lofty, is reachable, and will have a tremendous impact!

We will be holding a tweet-a-thon on June 11th to spread awareness and raise money. Every time @Dovetail, #SHRMKickball, and a link to our page about the game is tweeted, Dovetail will donate $1, up to $1000. Even if you aren’t able to make a monetary donation, please help us spread the word on June 11th. Tweets are still free!

There are other ways you can get involved as well. Here are two great resources from No Kid Hungry you can check out:

No Kid Hungry Action Center: In conjunction with the release of the documentary, A Place At The Table, NKH has developed a national Action Center where you can find ways to make an immediate impact in your communities. Their founder and Executive Director, Billy Shore, and National Spokesman Jeff Bridges are both featured in A Place At The Table, and the Action Center is a how they help supporters who are ready to act. If you’re passionate about ending hunger like we are, I hope you’ll see the film with some friends, and find actions to take in your area.

Crowdsourced School Breakfast Map: NKH recently released a study showing that kids who eat school breakfast miss less school, do better on standardized tests and are more likely to graduate from high school. They have created a Breakfast Changes Lives infographic that shows the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast. But far too few schools are offering breakfast programs that effectively reach kids who need them. So they have created a map of 115,000 public, private and charter schools across the U.S. and are looking for our supporters to call their local school and help map an unprecedented look at school breakfast in America. They reached their goal of mapping 10,000 schools by March 31, and we have 20,000 schools in our sights. Please consider calling your local school and writing about your findings and experience.

We will be sharing plenty of pictures, videos and our results after the event. We hope that if you are in Chicago on June 16th, you will join us at 7pm on field #1 in Grant Park. Even if you can’t make it to the game, we hope you will take a moment to spread the word and help us reach our goal!

You can also check out the other HR Blogs supporting SHRM Kickball on the Listly below: