Barriers to Play
We believe sports have the power to change lives. But not all kids have the same access to play. Here are the barriers we focus on breaking down for kids to have more access:
Low-income neighborhoods are 4.5 times more likely to not have facilities than high-income areas, including safe recreational spaces like fields, parks, and courts.**
The average family pays $125 per child in registration fees to play sports.*
Most youth sports are run at the local level by volunteers with minimal budgets. Funding these local programs helps thousands of kids play sports each year.
The disparity between quality and quantity of equipment continues to increase between low- and high-income families. Low-income families spend an average of $111/kid on equipment while high-income families spend $197.*
2022 Stats: Combating Barriers to Play
Grant dollars given to support local community youth sports and public school athletic programs through the Sports Matter Community Grant Program.
Pieces of sporting equipment given to young athletes at Sports Matter Day events in Atlanta, Chicago and Houston.
Registration fees covered for under-resourced youth.
Leagues supported across the country to keep kids playing sports.