Announcing the Bounceback Foundation

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Announcing the Bounceback Foundation

Postby InvadErGII » Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:21 pm

To add to the outstanding discussion going on over in the college section, I'd like to add some news about an initiative PQB has been working on over the summer:

Over the past several months, I’ve given considerable thought to what quiz bowl has done for me in the nearly 20 years (!) I’ve been involved with it in some fashion. I’ve reflected a lot on the community this game has fostered, the support it has given me and others, and what I can do to best give back. As a person who has suffered from depression and bipolar disorder, I've thought about how quiz bowl has gotten me through so many difficult times, in high school and as an adult. These issues are ever-present in this community, and the opportunity exists to do more to help kids and young adults who struggle in the same way I did.

With that in mind, I’m proud to announce the formation of the Bounceback Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting positive mental health in the quiz bowl community and raising money for causes that promote mental health support and awareness for young people. Among its non-fundraising goals are to provide handouts and other materials for players and teams that provide information on professional mental health resources and how to recognize the signs of a possible crisis. The foundation also seeks to promote a positive and safe environment in all quiz bowl-related activities, from team practices to national tournaments, and to end the stigma that surrounds talking about mental illness.

The Bounceback Foundation is (pending document approval) a 501c3 non-profit organization, for which donations are entirely tax deductible. Funds to the foundation, at the time of this announcement, are designated to be given to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Trevor Project. The foundation's board will regularly meet to discuss possible changes to the recipients of these funds and other matters concerning the regular operations of the foundation.

As a result of the above, all further sales of Play Quiz Bowl shirts or similar merchandise will benefit the Bounceback Foundation. Because of this, Play Quiz Bowl's "new team grant" program is being discontinued. All funds currently reserved for that purpose will remain so for the next 12 months and grant applications will be considered in that time frame. Any funds that remain after that period (on or around November 1, 2018) will be given to the Bounceback Foundation.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I want all quiz bowl players at all levels to know - please know that you are valuable and important, and that if you are struggling you are not alone. If you or a loved one is in need of help, please contact the National Suicide Prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.


I'm excited to have this off the ground and look forward to working on bettering this community. Some more links:

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Re: Announcing the Bounceback Foundation

Postby alexdz » Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:56 pm

This is awesome, and AFSP and the Trevor Project are two amazing organizations. Thank you so, so much Erik!
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Re: Announcing the Bounceback Foundation

Postby InvadErGII » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:02 pm

Hey, folks! The Bounceback Foundation's first fundraiser is live - we're selling shirts displaying the core of our message - to bounce back.

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Shirts are available in both unisex and women's sizes, and there's a hoodie available as well. You can order one or more shirts at this link. There is a minimum threshold that must be met for the shirts to be printed at all (and for any money to be raised), so if you're interested in taking part, don't delay! This will be open until or after December 5th.

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Re: Announcing the Bounceback Foundation

Postby tksaleija » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:44 pm

InvadErGII wrote:Hey, folks! The Bounceback Foundation's first fundraiser is live - we're selling shirts displaying the core of our message - to bounce back.

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Shirts are available in both unisex and women's sizes, and there's a hoodie available as well. You can order one or more shirts [url=customink.com/fundraising/bouncebackfoundation/]here[/url]. There is a minimum threshold that must be met for the shirts to be printed at all (and for any money to be raised), so if you're interested in taking part, don't delay! This will be open until or after December 5th.


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Re: Announcing the Bounceback Foundation

Postby Auks Ran Ova » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:46 pm

tksaleija wrote:
InvadErGII wrote:Hey, folks! The Bounceback Foundation's first fundraiser is live - we're selling shirts displaying the core of our message - to bounce back.

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Shirts are available in both unisex and women's sizes, and there's a hoodie available as well. You can order one or more shirts [url=customink.com/fundraising/bouncebackfoundation/]here[/url]. There is a minimum threshold that must be met for the shirts to be printed at all (and for any money to be raised), so if you're interested in taking part, don't delay! This will be open until or after December 5th.


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Re: Announcing the Bounceback Foundation

Postby AKKOLADE » Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:36 pm

Yo, support this foundation, y'all.
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Re: Announcing the Bounceback Foundation

Postby Cheynem » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:12 pm

I would be interested if some sort of discussion/panel could be had in which we could talk about ways to act on the Foundation's vision of making quizbowl and tournaments a welcoming and encouraging environment. I don't know how to do this, though.
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Re: Announcing the Bounceback Foundation

Postby tksaleija » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:35 pm

I think that interested individuals should get together to really create some sort of organization for the foundation. It has potential, but right now it's small and the goal is either too broad or too vague (help support mental health in the quiz bowl community? How? What kind of help?). I don't mean this as an insult at all, but just as a suggestion to help guide a good cause towards something greater :)
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Re: Announcing the Bounceback Foundation

Postby InvadErGII » Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:08 am

Cheynem wrote:I would be interested if some sort of discussion/panel could be had in which we could talk about ways to act on the Foundation's vision of making quizbowl and tournaments a welcoming and encouraging environment. I don't know how to do this, though.


This is a good idea. We're having a board meeting sometime in the next week or so, and I will make a point to discuss this.

We'll be fleshing out the process for our outreach to local programs and other fundraising measures as well - some of this is admittedly vague as we get the ball rolling, but we want to make sure we're doing the most good with the resources available.
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