“The lack of equal access for all kids to play is a crisis hiding in plain sight.” – Renata Simril, President & CEO, Play Equity Fund

the definition of play equity

A FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT

Play is a fundamental human right, however not all kids have access to sports and structured play. When kids can’t play, everyone in society pays. Healthy kids mean better communities, less crime and better education. Kids are the present and future of our communities. It is our responsibility to make sure all kids have access to play. Play Equity is here to change communities, one kid at a time.

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This is the Play Equity movement – A historic collaboration between the LA84 Foundation and the Play Equity Fund. When kids engage in organized sports, their lives are better. Sports help kids thrive.

THE MISSION OF THE PLAY EQUITY FUND

THE TRANSFORMATIONAL POWER OF SPORTS

The Play Equity Fund is focused on bringing the transformational power of sport and play to all children, regardless of their race, gender, zip code or socioeconomic status.

15 MILLION KIDS ARE IN POVERTY ACROSS THE U.S., WITH NEARLY 1 MILLION IN POVERTY IN LOS ANGELES.

MANY SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE ELIMINATED OR REDUCED INVESTMENT IN ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS INCLUDING SPORTS.

MANY SCHOOL DISTRICTS MANDATE PE FOR ONLY 1-2 DAYS PER WEEK AND MANY NO LONGER OFFER RECESS IN SCHOOLS.

BLACK AND LATINX YOUTH ARE 2X AS LIKELY TO RESIDE IN AREAS WITH SUBPAR PARK SPACE PER CAPITA.

KIDS FROM HOUSEHOLDS BELOW $25K ARE 5X LESS LIKELY TO PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS.

80 PERCENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE, MANY POOR, DO NOT MEET FEDERAL GUIDELINES FOR DAILY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.

THE PURPOSE OF PLAY EQUITY

A CRISIS HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT.

  • KIDS IN POOR COMMUNITIES HAVE AN OBESITY RATE THAT IS NEARLY 2X HIGHER THAN KIDS FROM AFFLUENT COMMUNITIES.
  • POOR STUDENTS WERE 5X MORE LIKELY TO DROP OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL THAN STUDENTS FROM HIGH-INCOME FAMILIES.
  • DEEPER NEGATIVE IMPACTS IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR: BLACK AND LATINX YOUTH HAVE THE HIGHEST RATES OF STRESS, ANXIETY, AND DEPRESSION.
  • LATINA GIRLS HAVE THE LOWEST PARTICIPATION RATES.
  • BLACK MALE STUDENTS ARE 2.5 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE SUSPENDED FROM SCHOOL AND HAVE HIGHER RATES OF JUVENILE INCARCERATION.

PRO & OLYMPIC ATHLETE INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

KIKÉ HERNANDEZ

At-home Fielding & Batting Drills

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LOS ANGELES RAMS HEAD COACH

SEAN MCVAY

Home Workout

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U.S. HOCKEY OLYMPIC TEAM

MOLLY SCHAUS

Lower Body Circuit, Juggling,
& Hockey Challenge

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LOS ANGELES DODGERS

KIKÉ HERNANDEZ

At-home Fielding & Batting Drills

CLICK TO WATCH

LOS ANGELES RAMS HEAD COACH

SEAN MCVAY

Home Workout

CLICK TO WATCH

U.S. HOCKEY OLYMPIC TEAM

MOLLY SCHAUS

Lower Body Circuit, Juggling,
& Hockey Challenge

CLICK TO WATCH

“The lack of equal access for all kids to play is a crisis hiding in plain sight.” – Renata Simril, President & CEO, Play Equity Fund

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