LOS ANGELES (Jan. 21, 2021) – Think Together received a $291,400 grant from the LA84 Foundation to create a virtual sports program for middle school students. The program is being used at 81 public schools across Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.
Think together received the award last fall and piloted the program prior to roll out. Parents at participating middle schools sign up their children for free 30-to-40-minute sessions. Children participate in 15 different sports ranging from martial arts and kickboxing to yoga, general fitness, and basketball. A coach guides them on the exercises to perform.
A study by USC Keck School of Medicine found that children were less physically active in the first couple of months of the pandemic. Children were more sedentary than the months before. Based on the study, the highest risk group includes low-income and minority students.
According to the USC study, the lack of exercise by children could lead to short-term and long-term health impacts that include mental health issues, childhood obesity and other health ailments down the road.
Fitness is an essential component in education, said Randy Barth, founder, and CEO of Think Together. With no fitness or physical activity since the pandemic began, some kids are falling behind physically and mentally.
Think Together aims to keep children engaged in physical activity and has done an impressive job adapting its programs to benefit children at home with the constraints of the pandemic.
About the LA84 Foundation
The LA84 Foundation is a nationally recognized leader in support of youth sport programs and public education about the role of sports in positive youth development. The foundation has supported thousands of Southern California youth sports organizations through grant making and funding facilities and fields of play, while also training coaches, commissioning research, convening conferences and acting as a national thought leader on important issues in the youth sports industry. LA84 levels the playing field to ensure all youth have access and opportunity despite economics, gender or ability, while elevating the field of youth sports as an integral pathway to lifelong well-being. To learn more, visit www.la84.org and @LA84Foundation on Twitter and Instagram.
About the Play Equity Fund
A 501(c)3 public charity, the Play Equity Fund was established by the LA84 Foundation in 2014 and is focused on bringing the transformational power of sport and play to all children, regardless of their race, gender, zip code or socioeconomic status. The Play Equity Fund achieves this by raising awareness of inequities, supporting the sports-based youth development ecosystem for greater impact, and developing partnerships to advocate for funding and sustainable solutions to ensure kids have access and opportunities to pathways for lifelong well-being. To learn more, visit PlayEquityFund.org, or @PlayEquityFund on Twitter and Instagram.