The Bob Emig Foundation, a nonprofit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, was started in 2004. Founder Aaron Emig, Bob’s oldest son, created the foundation to continue his father’s work in helping youth develop well-rounded lives by providing them a healthy sports experience.
He loved sports—as a participant, coach and sports writer—and felt these experiences were a contributor to the successful family and professional life he built.
The focus of the Foundation evolved over the years.
Vision: Inspiring Youth Athletes. Transforming Lives.
Mission: We promote the well-being of youth through sports and education.
We believe in providing opportunities for youth to enjoy the many benefits of a sports experience including having fun and developing skills that they can use throughout their lives.
We encourage “going beyond the game” to allow for that learning experience on and off the field in and out of the classroom. We also honor the educators who make a tremendous difference in their lives.
We strive to achieve our Vision and Mission by focusing on three areas:
1. We provide opportunities for youth, especially “at-need” youth who would not have the opportunity without the help of the Foundation, to experience the benefits of healthy youth sports activities.
2. We support activities that educate youth athletes in the areas of health and life skills development.
3. We recognize athletes, coaches, educators, volunteers and officials who “go beyond the game” to provide youth with a learning life experience.
This is made possible principally through the funds raised at two events—the Bob Emig Golf Scramble held each Spring and The Celebrating Leaders in Youth Sports event held in the Fall.
The Peabody Energy Leaders in Education program now Leaders in Education has joined the Foundation, broadening the reach of the Foundation.