The Memphis Grizzlies Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to harnessing the power and promise of sport to transform lives, particularly those of children living at risk. As the philanthropic arm of the Grizzlies organization, the Foundation is focused on finding, funding and creating youth development programs in Memphis that help students discover and meet their potential.

Since 2001, we have invested more than $40 million in three strategic focus areas related to youth development:  innovative K-12 education programming, high-impact health and fitness initiatives, and expanded platforms for youth mentoring – all as a means to help prepare every student in Memphis for success in college, career and life.

By collaborating with a broad range of constituents, the Grizzlies Foundation has established a proven track record of success in driving change through innovative public/private investments.  In 2012, the team earned the prestigious Beyond Sport Sports Team of the Year award in acknowledgement of its commitment to meaningful community service.  

Our Story

We began as the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Fund in December 2001, when the Grizzlies granted $1 million to a fledgling youth sports ministry with merely 800 participants to build a state-of-the-art neighborhood center for youth in the Alcy-Ball neighborhood of Memphis. 

The Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation was officially established in 2004, with the mission to assist at-risk Memphis youth through mentoring and education. Three years later, the Grizzlies TEAM UP Youth Mentoring Initiative launched to expand mentoring throughout the Greater Memphis area. The Initiative now includes the TEAM UP Youth Mentoring Partnership, formerly the Grizzlies Mentoring Alliance, the TEAM Mentor Program, the TEAM UP Youth Sports Partnership and the TEAM UP Training Institute.


  • 2017 ESPN Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Finalist
  • 2013 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
  • 2012 Beyond Sport “Sport Team of the Year”
  • 2011 Beyond Sport “Sport Team of the Year” (Shortlist)
  • 2008 Crystal Award for Outstanding Foundation
  • 2007 Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy
  • 2006 Corporate Volunteer Council Partnership Award