5 Youth Sports Charities To Donate To
Who it helps: Underserved youth sports organizations that don’t have basic gear and equipment to play sports.
How it helps: Donates new equipment, apparel and footwear to those most in need.
Fun Fact: They have donated over 50 million dollars worth of new sports gear since they started 16 years ago
2. Girls On The Run
Who it helps: At a time when girls experience social exclusion and low self-esteem, Girls on the Run offers a positive, confidence-boosting environment rooted in acceptance. They use running and physical activity as a vehicle to instill strength and confidence in girls age 7-13 in the United States and Canada
How it helps: The 12-week program has already reached over 1.8 million girls. Instructors are certified Girls on the Run coaches who work with a curriculum which is divided into three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and learning how to connect with and shape the world at large. The program concludes with a 5K run event.
Who it helps: Underserved kids and teens from all over the country who don’t have access to play spaces.
How it helps: Kids are missing out on the childhood they deserve. Play is disappearing at home, at school and in communities, particularly for the 14 million children living in poverty. Kaboom works with cities and the communities help build it (in one day) to transform everyday spaces – sidewalks, bust stops and vacant lots into creative play areas.
4. Challenged Athletes
Who it helps: Athletes with physical challenges who do not have access to or equipment for adaptive sports.
How it helps: This organization offers many different programs tailored to different communities supporting the cause. Access for Athletes provides sports equipment such as hand cycles and mono skis, ensuring physically challenged competitive and recreational athletes aren’t forced to sit out from activity because they cannot afford special equipment. Operation Rebound offers athletic opportunities for wounded service men and women. Catch a Rising Star is a mentoring and post-rehab support program for those who have suffered traumatic injuries.
5. PeacePlayers International
Who it helps: Children all over the world, including more than 75,000 youth in 22 countries, and operates year-round local programs in Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Cyprus, South Africa and the United States.
How it helps: Peace Players challenges the hate that is driven by the fear of differences. They bridge divides between people through the game of basketball and develop young leaders who help to change perceptions. They use the power of sport to unite, educate and inspire young people to create a more peaceful world. “If we can play together, we can live together.”