We are honored to share the great work of our 13 2022 Jordan Spieth Family Foundation Grant Partners! The JSFF team has enjoyed meeting with each of them and getting to know their leadership team as well as the hearts of these organizations. We are thrilled to share their stories over the never year; each group focuses on impactful work within our four mission pillars that inspires us, and we are so grateful to be walking alongside them all in their unique journeys.
We encourage you to get to know them more, and follow along on Instagram @JordanSpiethFamFoundation as we spend the year leaning in to highlighting these community programs.
Individuals With Special Needs
At ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship, children and adults with disabilities move beyond their boundaries through the healing power of the horse and the dedication of a professional and caring community. Grant Funding from The Jordan Spieth Family Foundation will help ensure ManeGait's equine therapy remains affordable for our rider families and no child is turned away due to financial constraints.
Notre Dame of Dallas School, Inc.
Notre Dame School, recognizing that each person is created in the image of God, educates students with developmental disabilities and facilitates their integration into society.
The Jordan Spieth Family Foundation Grant will provide funding for our Financial Aid Program. Sixty-one students at Notre Dame School receive financial aid. The need among these families is substantial, and once a student has been admitted with financial aid, the school assumes that assistance will be needed throughout the student's time at NDS.
Social Motion Skills
The mission of Social Motion is to inspire and empower individuals with autism and similar special needs to achieve their full potential. The Jordan Spieth Family Foundation Grant supports social skills classes for children with autism and similar special needs. In these weekly afterschool classes founded on evidence-based strategies, Social Motion’s highly trained educators help this vulnerable population of students develop the emotional regulation and social skills they need to thrive. These classes are offered on a sliding scale, and funding from the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation helps ensure that children of all socioeconomic backgrounds have open-access to this life-changing program—providing them with the skills they need to build lives of independence, success, and hope.
Retina Foundation of the Southwest
The mission statement of the Retina Foundation of the Southwest is to prevent vision loss and restore sight through innovative research and treatment. The Retina Foundation is the only center in North Texas that provides free vision evaluations for children with special needs associated with preterm birth, stroke, cerebral palsy, child abuse, asphyxia, perinatal infections, metabolic disorders, genetic syndromes, autism, or other conditions. Unidentified vision problems in this special population can further impact growth and development. The goal of our advanced vision testing for special needs children is to ensure that the child’svision does not interfere with learning opportunities, personal development, or overall wellbeing.
Chase's Place Inc.
At Chase’s Place, we believe that every person possesses unique talents and qualities that enrich their lives and the lives of others. Our mission is to support students in discovering these abilities so they may develop independence to their maximum potential, allowing them to live life to the fullest. The JSFF Grant will assist in funding salaries for our talented and dedicated staff. Chase's Place has a 1:2 staff/student ratio, giving each student an optimal amount of individual attention and support so they can focus and thrive. Chase's Place has a built-in curriculum that includes social-emotional health, sensory integration, daily living skills, community training, speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, recreational therapy, and functional academics.
4E Kennels Healing Hearts Inc
Our non-profit organization aims to Heal Hearts and Change Lives through the power of a dog. This organization provides trained service dogs, facility dogs, therapy dogs as well as untrained puppies to deserving people. With the help of the JSFF, Healing Hearts will place six working dogs! We will place two working dogs per pillar: Individuals with Special Needs, Pediatric Cancer, and Military Families and Veterans.
Heroes for Children
Our mission is to provide financial support and respite for families throughout Texas battling pediatric cancer. We are the only organization in Texas who provides both financial programs and family social programs for families who have a child (age 0-22) battling cancer. HFC’s Financial Assistance Program provides funding to meet immediate needs for families batting childhood cancer like support for rent, utilities, hospital costs, food and funeral costs. This program also includes our Laptops for Love program where we provide laptops to teens and tweens battling cancer. Our Family Respite Program is considered vital to the emotional nourishment of family members on this journey. We plan events for families like Valentines’ Dinners, Movie Nights, Night at the Museum, Top Golf Family Events, and Zoo excursions.
TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation
The mission of TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is to raise funds for national childhood cancer research programs, to build awareness that less than 4% of the National Institute of Health's annual funding supports childhood cancer research and to support families affected by cancer. The grant that TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is receiving from the JSFF will fund childhood cancer research locally within the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex. TeamConnor is honored to partner with Cook Children's and Dr. Meaghan Granger for the pediatric cancer research that she and her team oversee in Fort Worth. As a result of this generous grant, Dr. Granger will continue to research and oversee the expansion of the cellular immunotherapy program at their facility.
Children's Medical Center Foundation
The mission of Children’s is to make life better for children. A major expansion is underway at Children’s Medical Center Plano to better serve patients and families closer to home. Families living in the northern communities make more than 7,000 visits to the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Once the full expansion is completed, it is estimated more than 6,000 of these will be able to be made at Children’s Medical Center Plano. Additionally, the new tower will combine inpatient and outpatient oncology and hematology services of the Gill Center on one floor to increase efficiencies and ease of care for patient families and staff.
I AM a Golfer Foundation
The I AM a Golfer Foundation works to be a catalyst for community renewal and transformation in southern Dallas through the programming, preservation, and promotion of the historic Cedar Crest Golf Course. JSFF proudly supports the Programming initiatives of IAMGF, specifically, the I AM a Golfer pillar which provides affordable, high-quality instruction and playing opportunities to underserved youth in Southern Dallas. Programming includes weekly open enrollment opportunities as well as outreach and partner programming with area schools and community partners. Led by the PGA professionals at Cedar Crest, juniors improve their skills, tournament readiness, build long-lasting friendships, learn core life skills, prepare for high school and college teams, enhance their opportunities to receive scholarships to further their education, and experience mentoring and networking opportunities uniquely afforded through the game of golf. JSFF’s contribution and support directly impacts more than 150 IAMGF juniors and provides IAMGF the resources needed to adequately organize and implement year-round activities for area youth.
The Northern Texas PGA Foundation
Originally founded in 1983, the Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Foundation was established to promote and grow the game of golf to a diverse group of kids in North Texas and instill in them the positive, character-developing traits for which the game is so well known for. In 2019, the ability to expand our impact prompted a rebranding of the nationally acclaimed 501(c)(3) to the Northern Texas PGA Foundation. This commitment to continue to serve our community now impacts an even greater audience through the addition of four new pillars -- College Scholarships, Fellowships, Inclusion, and Military & Veterans. Over the years, the mission of the Foundation has stayed the same - to positively impact lives and communities through golf. Our goal in Frisco is to have an enduring influence in North Texas over the next fifty years and beyond. Opportunities like having our own standalone building, growth of the game pavilion and Urban Golf Park enable us to better provide programming and support for our PGA professionals and everyone we serve through the Northern Texas PGA Foundation's five pillars. Thanks to the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation's support of "The Putt" we will be able to create something truly unique and special at our campus. Once the NTPGA campus is complete, we will enable more young people, students, young professionals, people with disabilities, veterans and active military, families, and everyone in between the ability to learn, practice, play, and excel at golf, the golf profession and life.
Military Families and Veterans
Heroes and Horses
Heroes and Horses purpose is to unprogram the programmed. We provide a 41-day, Veteran re-integration program utilizing a 360- degree whole human approach that combines whole-food eating, mindset, breathing techniques, meditation, remote wilderness, and wild horses.
Operation Shower's mission is to provide joyous baby showers for expectant military families to eases the stresses of deployment, bring them together with other families and show our love and appreciation to these amazing families! The Jordan Spieth Family Foundation Grant will help Operation Shower will host an amazing baby shower for a large group of military moms-to-be. We will provide gifts to help ease the financial burdens and stresses. We will also work to bring them together with other military families to feel the connection and support from others.