Ty Cashman, U.S. Pain’s director of Pediatric Fundraising, has been getting a lot of attention thanks to his much-deserved recognition from the Yankees during HOPE Week in June. Most recently, Cashman was highlighted in a short documentary about Points for Pain that aired last month on the YES Network, and can be seen here.

But Cashman’s goal isn’t accolades: it’s raising more funding for pediatric pain warriors. That’s why he’s encouraging other kids to get involved and host their own Points for Pain games.

Below, he answers some questions about how to get started.

What is the one tip a kid should know if they want to hold a Points for Pain game?

The number one tip I have for any kid who is considering hosting a Points for Pain game is to know that it is not as hard as you think it might be. It is actually a lot of fun to do!

What’s the easiest part about hosting a Points for Pain game?

The easiest part of hosting a game is the actual game itself. Once it is game time, just enjoy it. Know that you put this on and all these people are there to support you.

What is the hardest part about hosting a Points for Pain game?

The hardest part of hosting a game is probably approaching the school about getting approval. And it is not “hard” but some people are scared to talk in front of others. But that is OK because I am here to help with that. I will walk you through exactly what to say or do and if I can help in any other way, like a phone call or something, I am here to help! 

How long does it take to prepare for a Points for Pain game?

In order to get the most awareness out there for your game I would say you need a minimum of three months to prepare. Using this much time will relieve some of the stress on you as well as you have time to get things done and you aren’t always rushing around.

What do you think makes a Points for Pain game successful?

I believe that Points for Pain has been so successful because it is kids raising money for kids. It is a local person trying to make a difference on a much larger scale. Once people in the community hear what Points for Pain is all about, they want to help make it a success.

What’s your favorite part about running Points for Pain games?

My favorite part of hosting a Points for Pain game is knowing the difference I am making to millions of children. I also really enjoy the game day atmosphere when I know everyone is there to support me.  Really proves to me that we do have a great community who is their to support one another.

If someone wants to get involved, what should be their first step?

To anyone who wants to get involved or is even considering it possibly, please reach out to me. I am here to help you guys every step of the way and make you realize how much fun this event it. I am available at pointsforpain@uspainfoundation.org.

To learn more about Points for Pain, visit its webpage.