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LA84 Foundation established the Play Equity Movement in 2014 to support programs to ensure that all children have equal access to sport and structured play. The Play Equity Movement raises awareness of inequalities and supports sports-based youth development.
Play Equity is a social justice issue. Play Equity is focused on bringing access to sport and play for all children, regardless of their race, gender, zip code or socioeconomic status.
A National Crisis Hiding in Plain Sight
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A National Crisis Hiding in Plain Sight Close the Play Equity Gap
I find that many people who don’t have young kids or don’t live in underserved communities aren’t aware that the opportunity to play or join a team isn’t a natural extension of childhood anymore, as so many of us remember it being when we grew up. A chasm has formed between the haves and the have-nots when it comes to sports and the basic need to run or jump, swim or compete…. or simply move.
Another Moment in the #PlayForAll Movement Hiding in plain sight, Play Equity, or the absence of, is a national crisis.
Sport, in its purest form, is one of the most extraordinary of human activities. Sport imposes rules that point to a fair contest, equal opportunities for all, entertainment and enjoyment, and an opportunity to stretch physical and mental limits. The concept of athletics and physical recreation serving as a platform for shared multi-cultural experiences and core values is a promise of the Olympic Games. However, this commitment doesn’t always extend equally.
US Soccer: Pay-to-Play or Play Equity?
Too many Latino and African American players do not get properly trained or seen by coaches who can advance their careers. In effect, our national teams are working with a limited talented pool, and one that is “disconnected” from Latinos and African Americans. Pelé and Maradona would have gone unnoticed and undeveloped in the American system.
The new era of youth sports: Play for All
On October 27th, 2017, we hosted the Sixth Annual LA84 Foundation Summit at the JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. We brought together more than 350 civic leaders, sports executives, non-profit leaders, national sports experts, and Olympic and Paralympic athletes for a full day of thought-provoking and forward-thinking content focused on youth sports advancement.
The theme for the Sixth Annual LA84 Foundation Summit was “The New Era of Youth Sports: Play for All”. Speakers focused on equity, inclusion, innovative ways to ensure that all youth have equal access to sport as a way to promote positive development and life-long well-being.
Through keynotes, panels and breakout sessions, featured speakers shared insights on the latest trends in youth sports, best practices on how to harness the power of technology, collaboration and innovation to increase access and drive social change through sport and structured play and inspired with personal stories of impact on how sports has transformed lives on and off the field of play.