MANCHESTER, N.H., Apr. 9, 2014 – The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) is proud to announce its partnership with Positive Tracks at the third annual CHaD NH East-West High School All-Star Football Game.  The game, presented by the Bedford and Nashua Ambulatory Surgical Centers will take place on Saturday, June 28 at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH.

Positive Tracks, a national, youth-centric nonprofit, works with charity partners, foundations and corporations to match youth fundraising efforts for charities, like CHaD, through athletic events. The Bedford & Nashua Ambulatory Surgical Centers have pledged to match fundraising efforts of CHaD All-Star Football youth participants up to $50,000 through the Positive Tracks program. Eligible participants for the match include active players, spirit team members and alumni under the age of 23.

Together, CHaD and Positive Tracks are empowering these young athletes to experience the fulfillment of hands-on philanthropy and connection to a cause, on their own terms and on their own turf. Positive Tracks plugs into the CHaD NH East-West High School All-Star Football Game as a fun and physical initiative that helps young people get active and give back, using the power of athletics.

CHaD All-Star Football Positive Tracks Coordinator, Danielle Matteau, will work directly with players, spirit team members and alumni to encourage them to use their own interests, creativity and imagination to raise money and awareness for CHaD, laying the groundwork for future community involvement, active citizenship, and active daily lives.

“We are deeply honored to be supporting the leadership behind this event and the 104 high school athletes across New Hampshire working to raise money and awareness for CHaD through the CHaD NH East-West High School All-Star Football Game,” said Nini Meyer, founder and director of Positive Tracks. “Nick Vailas is using the universal language and momentum that accompanies football to enable these athletes to give back using their own sweat – he’s literally turning sweat into gold for CHaD - plus changing the way the players view their role in the world. Positive Tracks is thrilled to lend tools, energy and the Positive Tracks double-dollar deal to help fulfill this vision!”

 “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Positive Tracks,” said Nick Vailas, founder of the CHaD NH East-West High School All-Star Football Game and the CEO of the Bedford & Nashua Ambulatory Surgical Centers. “Their organization was founded on the principles at the center of our game. We both value the power of young people giving back through athletics.”

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About CHaD

As New Hampshire's full service, comprehensive children's hospital, the Children’s Hospital at DartmouthHitchcock (CHaD) is committed to providing outstanding compassionate care for children and their families. Their physician expertise provides primary, specialty, and tertiary care to the children of New Hampshire, Vermont, and beyond, as northern New England’s children’s hospital. CHaD offers both inpatient (hospital care) and outpatient (same day care) services at DartmouthHitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Outpatient and same day surgery services are available at DartmouthHitchcock Manchester, as well as outpatient pediatric specialties at WentworthDouglass Hospital, Dover. Primary care is available at DartmouthHitchcock facilities in Bedford, Concord, Keene, Lebanon, Manchester, Nashua, New London, and Plymouth.


For more information about CHaD, please visit or contact us at (603) 650KIDS or

About Positive Tracks

Positive Tracks is a national, youth-centric nonprofit that helps Generation Next get active and give back using the power of sport. The Positive Tracks program plugs into charitable athletic events to double dollars and amplify awareness generated by ages 23 and under. Every dollar raised by youth and matched by Positive Tracks goes to multiple charity partners to benefit the global populations and places served. The end result sees youth of all demographics mobilized to move and empowered to give back: starting with themselves, starting in their own backyards. Positive Tracks operates out of Hanover, NH and is a program of the Yippee Foundation.

For more information about Positive Tracks, please visit or contact us at (603) 252-9233 or