Giving Tuesday: CoachArt Presents Shine Like the Stars Showcase
Giving Tuesday benefit for chronically ill children to feature lessons between CoachArt kids and celebrity coaches.
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CoachArt, a nonprofit organization that matches volunteers with kids impacted by childhood chronic illness for free arts and athletics coaching, today launched its #TuesdayTalent campaign timed to Giving Tuesday, and will host a virtual fundraiser, the Shine Like the Stars Showcase, featuring highlights of online lessons that CoachArt kids have received from YouTuber Emma Chamberlain, actresses Lizzy Greene and Sasha Pieterse; actors Dylan Sprayberry and Booboo Stewart; NBA player Andre Drummond of the Cleveland Cavaliers; and magician David Blaine.
“It’s a joy to see people sharing their talents with kids who need a little extra support due to chronic illness,” CoachArt Executive Director Greg Harrell-Edge said. “Even better is to see the children gaining skills and confidence thanks to this generosity.”
The Shine Like the Stars Showcase will happen on Facebook on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 5pm Pacific Time / 8pm Eastern Time. Join the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/3459561177601515 and share your experience on your social channels using the #TuesdayTalent hashtag.
As part of the Shine Like the Stars Showcase, supporters can donate to advance CoachArt’s mission of creating a transformative arts and athletics community for families impacted by childhood chronic illness. Whether it’s $10, $100, or $1000, you can bring smiles to kids facing life’s toughest battles. Please donate at https://my.coachart.org/give/311188/#!/donation/checkout.
“When I got in contact with CoachArt, the entire team was so welcoming and eager to collaborate on how we could make the best experiences for the kids,” actress Lizzy Greene said. “It was so rewarding to chat with the kids and to teach and learn from them at the same time. Both the ones I worked with were so bright, and I truly had such a great time getting to know them.”
CoachArt’s model is to match caring adult volunteers who have a skill with children who want to learn or improve that skill, in groups or one-on-one. Group lessons, or “clubs,” typically meet once a week for about a month. One-on-one lessons involve eight weekly hour-long meetings, after which the volunteer coach and the child can renew for another series of lessons. CoachArt provides the volunteer coaches and the families with any materials the lessons require, so there’s no cost to participants.
CoachArt’s programs have traditionally taken place in person, but due to the pandemic, we have shifted to “virtual” (online) lessons. Fortunately, this virtual programming makes it easier for CoachArt to achieve the goal of expanding our programs nationwide. In addition to serving families in Los Angeles, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area, CoachArt now also serves families in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, New York City, and Portland, Oregon.
Children living with chronic illness may feel isolated because of their condition. Frequent hospital visits and deficient immune systems often cause them to miss time in school and recreational activities. Families, overwhelmed by the cost and demands of ongoing medical care, often lack the resources to seek out or afford extracurricular activities. Healthy siblings are affected too when family resources are focused on a chronically ill child. CoachArt is a non-profit organization that supports these families by offering free recreational lessons that bring a sense of normalcy back into their lives.
Since 2001, CoachArt has matched volunteer coaches with students for one-on-one or group lessons in arts and athletics. Our vision is that one day every family impacted by chronic illness will be connected to a community of support and an opportunity to learn and grow together.