Supporting Youth Sports

A Healthy Way To Cope With Loss

Leiah’s Mark, Inc. (501c3) is a Non-Profit Organization Supporting Kids


Helping Kids find Love, Strength & Focus in Sports when it's needed most

Suicide doesn’t discriminate. Losing half of your income after a loss to parental suicide can add stress to any household. In the aftermath, when considering a new budget, sports don’t always make the top of the list as a monetary priority. At Leiah’s Mark, Inc (501c3), we aim to help offset some of the costs associated with sports, including camps, clinics, season fees, uniforms, and equipment.

Organized sports activities and exercise may not extinguish grief, but they can play a valuable role in helping people adapt to loss. Physical activity releases brain chemicals such as endorphins, which help to relieve discomfort and boost our mood. Although grief is not the same as depression, complicated grief, a form of bereavement that triggers strong emotional and physical reactions that can take years to work through, can lead to depression.

A 2017 study by Black Dog Institute found regular exercise of any intensity can help prevent depression—and just one hour a week can help. Losing a loved one is emotionally draining, and grief can take away energy and focus. Engaging in exercise can help clear the mind and bring a feeling of calmness. It can also motivate people to do other things to get back into society and reintegrate them into life.

Our Goal

Having a positive impact on children's lives after a tremendous loss

For child survivors of parental suicide, sports can be an important outlet to cope with the trauma of such a tremendous loss. Leiah’s Mark, Inc. (501c3) aims to relieve some of the financial burdens associated with the costs of sports after the loss of a parent to suicide.

Meet Our Team

We're dedicated to one mission—ensuring children have access to Love, Strength & Focus through sports

Jamie Hoelbl

Founder & Board President

Jenny Sansone

Board Treasurer

Richie Geiersbach

Board Secretary

Leiah Hoelbl

Inspiration Behind Leiah's Mark

A Child is Waiting

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Become a sponsor and help a child have access to youth sports during one of the most challenging times they had to experience in their young lives. The grief that follows losing someone to suicide is often devastating. You can help ensure they continue to have access to something they love, something with meaning, allowing them to focus on hope and forgiveness.

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