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NCYS Provides Funding Relief Program For Youth Sports Organizations While Promoting Healthy Spending Habits

Everyday Spending Becomes Everyday Funding for Non-Profits

STUART, Florida (June 24, 2010) - The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and Locker 81 Fundraising Solutions proudly announce the release of an amazing new program called Smart Giving. The purpose of the program is to assist youth sports organizations with responsible and respectable fundraising solutions that provide funds for both the grass-tops national organizations and the grassroots local teams and leagues.

There are three products that will provide organizations with residual income thus reducing - and eventually eliminating - the need to start over with a new fundraiser every year:

  • Smart Giving Visa Debit Card (Prepaid)

  • Smart Giving Visa Gift Card

  • Smart Giving Visa Payroll Card


"The Smart Giving program is a great way for youth sports organizations to responsibly raise money while the teams, leagues, coaches, parents, volunteers, staff members, friends and family use the Visa debit card for their normal day-to-day purchases at retail stores, gasoline, groceries, entertainment, sporting goods equipment, online shopping, etc. as well as for team expenditures including registrations, insurance, uniforms, equipment, and team travel,” said NCYS Executive Director Sally Johnson.

Tim Brown, President of Locker 81 Fundraising Solutions said, "The Smart Giving card can also be used as a valuable tool to teach youth how to responsibly use plastic currency. By loading their allowance and expenses on a card and monitoring their habits, parents and mentors can teach valuable life lessons before credit cards are used.” Smart Giving is a program of Locker 81 Fundraising Solutions, a Tim Brown company committed to supporting non-profit clients by providing them the most responsible and effective fundraising concepts in the marketplace.

NCYS President Dr. Wanda L. Rutledge says, "Some organizations may already be using a traditional fundraiser. They might also have great business arrangements already in place for team purchases. These existing programs can be enhanced and earn the organization even more money when individuals and teams purchase the products with their Smart Giving Visa Prepaid Debit Card.”

Summary of Products:

1)The Smart Giving Visa Prepaid Debit Card generates funds for your organization every time it is used for the everyday purchases one needs to make. It is a simple and easy way to turn everyday spending into everyday funding for the non-profit organization. The Smart Giving card is not a credit card. The Smart Giving Debit Card offers the convenience of a credit card without the debt. "Prepaid” means that the money you put on your Smart Giving card sets the limit to what you can spend. As a result of the set limit, the user cannot get a non-sufficient fund penalty.

2)The Smart Giving Visa Gift Card is a launching pad for the next generation of fundraising in North America. The program is a disposable Visa value card (gift card) - again, it works like a debit card so it encourages healthy spending habits while supporting the nonprofit organization. Perfect for virtually any gift-giving occasion and it also offers you a simple, easy and valuable way to support your non-profit organization! Gift Cards are available in denominations of $25, $50, and $100. They can be used anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted - in stores, over the phone and even on-line. And the Smart Giving Gift Card can be upgraded to the reloadable Smart Giving Visa Prepaid Debit Card at no extra charge by the card's recipient.

3)The Smart Giving Visa Payroll Card
Employers can save hundreds of thousands up to millions of dollars in processing fees, check printing cost and postage by offering this convenient payroll card to all employees. Payroll is direct deposited on each employee's card. The employee can use the card anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted as well as transfer funds to other cards or bank accounts. A percentage of each employee's monthly transaction goes back to support your organization!

The Visa card processing company is First Data, a $6.5 billion company and the largest merchant processor in the nation. They handle approximately 70% of all debit/credit transactions which results in them moving more than $1.7 trillion annually. They have an extensive client list providing gift cards to Wal-Mart, Blockbuster, Starbucks, Burger King, McDonalds, FootLocker, Best Buy, Sears, Disney, Dicks Sporting Goods, etc.

These cards are accepted anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted as well as over 16 million ATM's worldwide. All cards are issued and maintained by an FDIC insured bank. By combining grassroots promotion, scalable technology, celebrity endorsements and lucrative incentives, this program delivers a unique fundraising solution for NCYS member organizations that allow them to enhance their current activities while earning residual income for years to come. This universal Visa card can be used anywhere, anytime and at the same time promote and raise much needed dollars for the organization.

About National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS)
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) is the go-to organization for services and resources in youth sports. Founded in 1979, the NCYS represents the youth sports industry by advancing the values of participation and educating and developing leaders. Its membership comprises the who's who in the amateur youth sports industry representing more than 185 organizations serving 60-million registered participants.

The NCYS goal is to preserve the integrity of organized youth sports while strengthening the performance of youth sports administrators. The NCYS is a unified voice for youth sports. NCYS enhances the youth sports experience in America by promoting universal recognition that organized youth sports can develop positive attributes including healthier lifestyles, self-esteem, fair play & good citizenship. To learn more about the NCYS, visit www.ncys.org

About Locker 81 Fundraising Solutions, Smart Giving, and Founder Tim Brown
Tim Brown founded Locker 81 in 1988. Tim started the company to serve as the management firm for his off the field business opportunities. As it turned out, time would have many off the field opportunities as he went on to have a Hall of Fame career in the NFL. Tim’s many years of NFL service provided ample opportunity to meet key people in service and business thus leading to the Smart Giving card program.

Tim Brown is one of the greatest players ever in college and pro football--the 1988 Heisman Trophy winner, a 17-year NFL pro-football player. Tim established himself as one of the Oakland Raiders most prolific wide receivers and holds many honorable team records that earned him the title Mr. Raider. He is also a 2009 College Football Hall of Fame inductee. Tim Brown is dedicated to making a positive difference in the life of a child and community by giving back to youth sports. For more information, please visit www.smartgivingcards.com/sports

CONTACT:
National Council of Youth Sports
Sally S. Johnson, Executive Director
(772) 781-1452
youthsports@ncys.org
www.ncys.org

CONTACT:
Smart Giving (a program of Locker 81 FS)
Lewis H. Hemphill Jr.
(888) 735-1796
lhemphilljr@smartgivingcards.com
www.smartgivingcards.com/sports

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