Altshuler Fund at Williamsburg Community Foundation Supports Youth Sports Organizations

BEN ALTSHULER was a longtime Williamsburg resident and wrestling coach who left money in his estate to establish an endowment for sports and transportation.

November 29, 2021 Williamsburg, Va.Williamsburg Community Foundation recently awarded $23,874 in grants to six youth sports organizations, thanks to the Benjamin R. Altshuler Memorial Fund, made possible by a bequest from a local resident. This round, a grant of $2,894 will also benefit local food pantry FISH, as Mr. Altshuler indicated that the foundation should use his fund to help that organization when funds were available to do so.

2021 Altshuler Sports Grants

Lafayette High School Field Hockey – $3,500
Tabb High School Wrestling – $3,500
Triangle Skateboard Alliance – $2,425
Williamsburg Boat Club – $3,000
Williamsburg Wrestling Club – $3,964
Warhill High School Wrestling – $4,591.71

Ben Altshuler was a longtime Williamsburg resident who had a passion for amateur sports, in particular wrestling. Upon his passing in 2007, a memorial endowment fund was created from his estate to support amateur sports as well as Ben’s other passion – increasing access to transportation so more people can participate fully in the life of the community. Now in its 11th year, the Altshuler Fund has distributed over $500,000 in grants to the community over the years.

The Altshuler Fund supports high school wrestling and other amateur sports programs that are not typically accessible to the general public. In addition to wrestling, previous Altshuler grants have been awarded to programs for rowing, mountain biking, and tennis.

Aideen Hedrick (left) and Hannah Wilson (right) both wrestle for Tabb High School, which recently received a youth sports grant through Williamsburg Community Foundation

This year’s grants support wrestling, field hockey, skateboarding, and boating (crew). Among the 2021 recipients is Tabb High School Wrestling, which has the distinction of having female wrestlers. Coach John Wright said the school intends to field an all-female team this season. Wrestler Aidden Hedrick finished second in the regional tournament last year and even qualified for the state tournament.

How to Apply for a Grant

The Foundation typically awards competitive grants twice a year. The next opportunity to apply for funding for sports grants will be September 2022. All application materials and guidelines can be found at WilliamsburgCommunityFoundation.org; click “Receive” then “Apply for a Grant.” If the organization has never received a grant from WCF, they should contact the foundation office for guidance before beginning a new application. Contact Nancy Sullivan, Executive Director, at 757-259-1660 or email ncsullivan@williamsburgcommunityfoundation.org.

Media Contact:

Ginny Gasink, Williamsburg Community Foundation
1323 Jamestown Road, Suite 103, Williamsburg, VA 23185
757-259-1660 | vgasink@williamsburgcommunityfoundation.org