Redwood High School Student-Athlete Awards Trips for Kids Marin Gatorada Play It Forward Grant

March 6, 2018


San Rafael, California - March 6, 2018 - 2017-18 Gatorade California Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, Liam Anderson, awarded Trips for Kids Marin with a grant as a part of the Gatorade Play it Forward initiative. Anderson is the first Gatorade California Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from Redwood High School.

Sports have seen a double-digit decline over the past decade, largely due to tighter budgets in communities, but young people that participate in sports are found to be happier, healthier and better students. Gatorade Play It Forward aims to assist youth sports programs in funding by empowering Gatorade Player of the Year recipients across the country to award local or national sports organizations with grants that help young athletes reap the benefits of sport.

“Gatorade is proud to award Trips for Kids Marin with a Play It Forward grant on behalf of Liam Anderson,” says Forrest Johnson, Assistant Marketing Manager for Gatorade Player of the Year. “We look forward to seeing Trips for Kids Marin continue to positively impact the youth of their community.”

“We are thrilled Liam decided to select our organization to make an impact with his Gatorade Play it Forward grant,” says Kim Baenisch, Executive Director of Trips for Kids Marin. “His grant will directly transform the lives of many Bay Area youth through our bicycle programs providing an opportunity to many who would otherwise never get to experience the joy of riding a bike in nature.”

All 607 Gatorade State Player of the Year recipients are awarded a grant to donate to the organization of their choosing. Each Player of the Year is then given the opportunity to submit an essay about why their chosen organization is deserving of a Spotlight Grant, which is a larger monetary award. Gatorade awards twelve Spotlight Grants, one for each sport recognized by the Player of the Year program.

To keep up to date on the latest happenings, become a fan of Gatorade Player of the Year on Facebook and follow the conversation on Twitter #GatoradePOY. For more on Gatorade Play It Forward, the Gatorade Player of the Year, including nomination information, a complete list of past winners and the announcement of the Gatorade National Player of the Year, visit


The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in Washington D.C. and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track and field; and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. In addition to athletic excellence, the award recognizes academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field.

For 33 years, Gatorade has honored more than 15,000 State Players of the Year and 290 National Players of the Year. That list includes many of today’s top professional athletes, such as Peyton Manning, Karl-Anthony Towns, Maya Moore, Jabari Parker, Kerri Walsh and Andrew Wiggins.

Play It Forward is Gatorade’s cause marketing platform, which empowers every one of the Gatorade Player of the Year award winners to choose a local or national youth sport organization to receive a $1,000 grant from Gatorade.


Trips for Kids Marin an independent 501(c)3 community service organization based in San Rafael, California. Founded in 1988, its programs give underserved youth an opportunity to experience the joy and challenge of mountain biking while learning valuable life skills, environmental awareness and an appreciation for the outdoors. For more information, go to

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Hannah Waen, Trips for Kids Marin Communications Manager, 415-458-2986,

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