The Edwin J. Wadas Foundation has announced the availability of the $250,000.00 Game Changer Grant. This is a competitive grant to address obstacles preventing youth from accessing recreational and competitive youth sports.

Qualified applicants include school districts, non-profit organizations, and Oneida and Herkimer Counties municipalities. All projects should be transformative and sustainable and address an issue preventing children ages 5-18 from accessing sports, athletics, or recreational play in their local community.

“The Game Changer Grant provides significant funding to transform your community and provide children access to sports and fitness. There are numerous physical, mental, and social skills that can be taught through participation in youth sports. We encourage organizations to collaborate and be creative when addressing obstacles facing their community,” stated Victoria Cataldo, Executive Director of the Edwin J. Wadas Foundation.

Applications are being accepted from May 15, 2023, to September 1, 2023. A winner will be chosen on September 29, 2023. For more details and to apply, visit

The mission of The Edwin J. Wadas Foundation, Inc. is to enhance the experiences of recreational and athletic programs for youth ages 5-18 in Oneida and Herkimer Counties by providing financial resources to qualified organizations and educational scholarships to participants. To learn more about the Edwin J. Wadas Foundation, Inc., visit