About Us

Luke and Kate Ridnour love their kids, basketball, and their community. That’s why they founded The Ridnour Athletic Center (also known as The RAC) in conjunction with Rids Kids, their 501 (c) 3 non-profit foundation.

The RAC is open to the community and offers student-athletes — starting in Kindergarten — the opportunity to train and play basketball and other sports in a safe, positive and family-friendly environment.

“We wanted to create a top-tier gym where kids can have fun, chase their sports dreams, and build memories,” says Luke, who played basketball at the University of Oregon and in the NBA. “We offer training for the recreationally-minded all the way up to those pursuing elite-level competition.”

Rids Kids’ is at the heart of the Ridnour’s vision to give back to their community and The RAC is the platform for all the foundation’s work, including:
Hosting tournaments
Providing basketball training for athletes of all levels.
Holding weekly open-gyms
Serving as the hub for community-service activations.

Kate says, “Anything we can do to help kids and families is a win.”

Because we are a non-profit foundation all fees that we have for The RAC and Rids Kids are suggested donations. All donations are used to provide scholarships for underprivileged children, operate the RAC, and to do community-service projects to lift up families in need.

Emma Stump – Executive Director

Hi I’m Emma Stump and I am the Executive Director of Rid’s Kids. I am your main point of contact for all things Rid’s Kids and The RAC. I graduated from Lynden Christian and then Western Washington University with a bachelor’s in communication studies. I have been working in marketing, event planning, and coaching basketball prior. I’m excited to help create more opportunities for youth sports in Whatcom county.

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