Subject: Youth Sports, Girls Sports, Physical Activity, Female Youth, Minority Youth
Deadline: Nov. 18, 2016
"The Sports 4 Life grants' purpose is to create and expand developmental youth sports programs that serve African-American and Hispanic girls, ages 11 to 18 years old — high-risk and underserved populations. The benefits of sports participation on young women are tremendous: increased confidence and higher self-esteem, a more positive body image, better overall physical health and lower rates of obesity, better grades in school, a higher graduation rate and a greater likelihood to attend college. Quality sports programs can also provide a leadership training experience for girls.
The WSF report “Go Out and Play: Youth Sports in America” illustrates that African-American and Hispanic girls are doubly hit by both gender and race disparities in sports. Girls in these demographics are less likely to play sports than boys and less likely to play sports than their Caucasian peers. They also enter sports at a later age and drop out earlier. The Women’s Sports Foundation wants to empower communities, and organizations like yours, to reverse this alarming trend and teach girls the foundational benefits of sports: leadership, self-esteem, confidence, and perseverance."
Funder: The Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF)
Eligibility: "The Women’s Sports Foundation grant is open to non-profit schools, parks and recreation departments, non-profit organizations that possess 501(c)(3) status at the time the application is submitted, or an amateur sports league with a 501(c)(3) status located in the fifty (50) United States, District of Columbia or U.S. Territories."
Amount: $2,500 - $10,000