Providing Sports & Recreational Opportunites For Central Florida’s Financially Disadvantaged Youth
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Sports 4 the Kids, a 501(c)3 non-for-profit organization,is dedicated to removing the financial barriers of youth sports programs to provide recreational opportunities throughout Central Florida for children in need. Approximately 20 percent of children living in Central Florida are living below the poverty line, including 10,000 homeless children . These children rarely have the opportunity to participate in sports programs due to the cost of registration fees and the equipment required. Research has shown that children living in poverty can greatly benefit by participating in organized sports. According to the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University, sports activities for children not only offer health benefits, but also offer psychological and social benefits such as stress reduction and increased resilience.
We believe EVERY child, regardless of income, deserves a chance to participate in athletics and it is our goal at Sports 4 the Kids to work together as a community to give children these opportunities.