“Kick In For Kids” Campaign

April 12th, 2018 / John Lee / Comments Off on “Kick In For Kids” Campaign

“Kick In For Kids” Campaign

April 12, 2018

Kick In For Kids




Recently Indiana’s 92 sheriffs launched a statewide “Kick In For Kids” campaign to privately fund a Youth Ranch now under development in West Central Indiana.  The Indiana Sheriff Youth Ranch Board of Directors plan to build the 62-acre Youth Ranch with citizen and business contributions and without using tax dollars.   The Youth Ranch will become the permanent home for the Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Leadership Camps, which have been hosted for 38 years at rented venues to mentor future law enforcement officers and to bond with at-risk kids. Owning the Youth Ranch, rather than renting, will allow sheriffs to expand their camps to more days per week and more weeks each year – quadrupling the number of Indiana teens served.  Spring and fall weekend retreats will be planned for young witnesses and victims of crime.  Middle schoolers from all 92 Indiana counties will be eligible for Youth Ranch camps, retreats and visits.


Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch has secured a $500,000.00 match for donations from Tony and Sue Ardizzone, owners of Ardizzone Enterprises, Inc., an Indianapolis based real estate investment and construction company.  The Ardizzones have offered to match donations dollar-for-dollar, if $500,000.00 can be raised by August 31, 2018.


Initially one million dollars, $500,000.00 in donations and $500,000.00 from the Ardizzones, will help to retire the Youth Ranch mortgage, install needed utilities and complete some of the recreation areas.  With these improvements, sheriffs foresee daytime visits and primitive overnights as early as 2019.  Naming rights are available for several youth cabins, a peach chapel, horse stable, swimming pool and the dining hall.


An estimated three million in private funds will be needed to complete the Youth Ranch, where middle schoolers will fish, swim, canoe, hike, bike, zip line, ride horses and play soccer, basketball, softball, volleyball and horseshoes.  While enjoying the Youth Ranch amenities, the teens will learn important life lessons about personal safety, first aid, cybercrimes, bullying, financial fraud, substance abuse, firearms safety and violence.  We want the Youth Ranch to be for kids from all communities in all counties.


Tax-deductible donations may be made payable to the Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch and may be delivered to OR mailed to the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center, 301 West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025, or made online at www.Sheriffs YouthRanch.org OR mailed to Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch, Attn: Kick In For Kids, 5401 S. East Street, Suite 117, Indianapolis, Indiana 46227.