Born out of our own experiences, the Watroba Family established Play It Foreward 518, Inc. 501(c)(3), a nonprofit organization. Play It Foreward 518, Inc. is built on the key concepts of community, giving back, and the importance of “play” in maintaining a positive outlook on life.
As cancer survivors, Joe Watroba and his father Stan were lifted by the support they received from the community during their treatments. It was the continuous love and support that motivated Joe and his family to establish Play It Foreward 518, Inc., in an effort to help others by “paying it forward.”
Our game plan is simple, to bring together individuals and businesses of the community to support important and worthwhile causes for those in need.
To date we have raised over $100,000 to support local children and their families facing illness and hardship. Funds raised have supported wishes for local children through Make-A-Wish NENY and diversion activities for patients at the Melodies Center at Albany Medical Center. To check out what we have been up to check be to follow us on Facebook!
We appreciate the support of the local organizations, friends, family and community members that have joined the Play It Foreward 518 team since our inception in 2015.
Play It Foreward 518 Merchandise
At request of many of our supporters we are excited to now offer Play It Foreward 518 merchandise for sale.
At this time we are happy to offer:
Play It Foreward 518 T-Shirt
Play It Foreward 518 Winter Hat
Play It Foreward 518 Under Armour Golf Shirts (Men & Women)
To order, please contact Play It Forward 518 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Siena Saints Honorary Captain
A special thank you to Siena Athletics for their continued support of the Play It Foreward 518 Honorary Captain Program!
At each home game of the season, Siena Athletics welcomes a patient of the Melodies Center at each Men's Basketball home game as the Honorary Captain!
Each Honorary Captain and their family enjoyed dinner at the Recovery Room, tickets to the game and the opportunity to present the game ball while serving as the Honorary Captain.
Please note that due to COVID19 this program is currently on pause.
Contact us today at PlayItForeward518@gmail.com
In the Community
Play It Foreward 518 is honored and thrilled to once again be selected as a reciepent of this year's Stewart's Shops Holiday Match Program. Thank you to all who donated to Stewart's and thank you to Stewart's for your generosity this year!