Preds Foundation, SmileDirectClub Award Supergrant to Persist Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee (November 17, 2022) – The Nashville Predators Foundation and SmileDirectClub today announced that Persist Nashville will receive a SuperGrant totaling $50,000 tonight when the Predators defeat the New York Islanders at Bridgestone Arena receive. The funding will support Persist Nashville’s program, which provides support, coaching and community to Nashville high school seniors pursuing college degrees.

“We are proud to partner with SmileDirectClub to present a SuperGrant to Persist Nashville,” said Rebecca King, vice president of community relations for Nashville Predators. “The Preds Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to financially support this amazing organization that has coached more than 2,700 Nashville graduate students.”

Persist Nashville strives to unite the community to double Nashville’s college graduation rate by empowering students throughout their college experience. These include text-based and face-to-face coaching with trained professionals, and fostering community with student-led study groups and on-campus events. The SuperGrant will cover salary costs and equipment for a new coach hired to expand the organization’s reach by helping more students enroll and stay in college.

“College education can be life-changing, but there are so many barriers that can prevent young people from graduating,” said John Sheldon, SmileDirectClub’s chief marketing officer. “As a company founded to break down barriers and transform lives, SmileDirectClub is proud to present this SuperGrant to a well-deserved organization helping Nashville students graduate and reach their full potential.”

Introduced during the 2019-20 season as part of the groundbreaking partnership between the Predators Foundation and Nashville-based SmileDirectClub, multiple SuperGrants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 will be awarded each season to community organizations in Middle Tennessee. Funds are provided to support the programming or completion of major projects that empower people during times of life transition. Including the funds awarded Home Street Home Ministries, Monroe Harding, regaining independence and maple built$200,000 in financial support was distributed from the SuperGrant program last season.


The Preds Foundation has partnered with Nashville-based SmileDirectClub to meet educational, social, health and cultural needs throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee. The Preds Foundation is dedicated to using its platform and impact through its affiliation with professional sports to serve the needs of the community by providing local youth-focused organizations with unique resources and financial support. Since its inception in 1998, the Predators Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in grants to the community in the Nashville area. During the 2020-21 season, the Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena, Ford Ice Centers and the Predators Foundation donated over $4 million in cash and in-kind donations throughout the Nashville community and surrounding areas. To learn more about the SmileDirectClub-supported Nashville Predators Foundation and to view a list of upcoming events, visit NashvillePredators.com/Foundation.


SmileDirectClub, Inc. (Nasdaq: SDC) (“SmileDirectClub”) is an oral care company and creator of the first medtech platform for straightening teeth. SmileDirectClub is revolutionizing the oral care industry through its state-of-the-art telemedicine technology and vertically integrated model. SmileDirectClub’s mission is to democratize access to a smile everyone loves by making it affordable and convenient for everyone. SmileDirectClub is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Visit SmileDirectClub.com for more information.

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