Empowering youth in our neighborhood with a deeper sense of purpose and belonging by intentionally connecting a community of teachers, coaches, families, and mentors.
Quick history of Rainier Athletes
Starting in the Spring of 2013, the Rainier Athletes (RA) Program, under the fiscal sponsorship of Jubilee REACH, kicked-off its pilot season at Lake Hills Elementary in Bellevue, WA. The mission was simple: use sports and mentorship to direct at-risk students towards a path to achievement and to close a growing opportunity gap within Bellevue’s community. Working closely with the principal and key teacher advocates at Lake Hills Elementary, five students were selected for the 2013 pilot season. Equipped with a $1,000 seed donation, Founder and Executive Director Jesse Franklin enrolled the students into baseball and served as the program’s first mentor.
Fast forward to October 2016, Rainier Athletes achieved 501(c)3 status, formed an independent board, and hired its first employees. Although the organization has grown and evolved immensely, our core mission remains focused:
At our core, Rainier Athletes is a network of individuals, organizations, and ideas binding together to empower the kids in our neighborhood with a deeper sense of belonging.