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Bridging the Gap

The Tender Bridge (TTB) was founded in 2002 by its current Director, Noel Acton. "Mr. Noel", as he is known to kids in East Baltimore, has devoted his life to helping at-risk kids see and understand the alternative choices they have in life.

The Tender Bridge's essential mission is closing the gap between kids who need help and the numerous available programs that provide that help but may not be effectively reaching some of Baltimore City's most at-risk children. Our basic goal is to provide seriously life-challenged kids a chance to feel better about themselves.

TTB operates continuously, year around, recruiting kids from the streets, signing them up for sports programs, and then delivering them to and from those activities. TTB helps kids participate in football, baseball, ice hockey, lacrosse, and sailing. Many such programs are managed by third parties or by the City's Department of Recreation and Parks, while some programs are run by TTB itself.

Like most organizations helping Baltimore's children, TTB relies on donations for its operation. What makes TTB stand out in this respect is that nearly all donations go directly to supporting kids. Money is spent on sports equipment, gas for transportation, meals with the kids, and whatever other basic kids' needs may arise.

The Tender Bridge is a Maryland non-profit entity and all contributions are tax-deductible. For more information, write us on our Facebook page or email Mr. Noel:


"We're not just playing, we're trying to stay out of trouble."