NAYS teams up with Leveling the Playing Field

NAYS teams up with Leveling the Playing Field

10/8/2021

The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) and Leveling the Playing Field (LPF) have teamed up to provide free donated sporting goods to schools, recreation centers and other youth serving organizations working in under-resourced communities. 

LPF operates warehouses in local communities where they distribute an average of $1 million worth of gear every year to around 250 different schools and programs per warehouse. Since 2013, it has distributed almost $8 million worth of gear to thousands of programs in need.

“The cost of sports equipment is one of the many barriers holding families back from participating in youth sports programs,” said NAYS Executive Director John Engh. “Leveling the Playing Field already has a great system of collecting and redistributing sporting goods in multiple cities and we are thrilled to support their growth into more communities by introducing it to our network of youth sports leaders throughout the country.”

Leveling the Playing Field's proven model involves collecting donated goods from affluent youth sports communities and redistributing it to programs in need. The equipment it has collected has successfully helped local schools and youth programs expand their capacity and effectively increase participation in youth sports. It has applied the same model utilized across the country by diaper banks, book banks, food banks, and others.

"We are so excited to be partnering with NAYS because of their decades long commitment to making sure all kids have access to positive youth sports experiences,” said Max Levitt, Founder and Executive Director of Leveling the Playing Field. “This partnership will allow us to hopefully identify communities across the country that have a dire need for donated sporting goods so that their students can get off the sidelines and participate in sports."

Leveling the Playing Field currently operates chapters in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Md., and Philadelphia, Pa.  

LPF also runs a robust volunteer program in its warehouses where community members can contribute their time to keep their warehouses sorted, inventoried, and organized. 

Learn more about the LPF model and what it takes to fund a LPF Chapter in your community in the LPF Expansion Overview PDF. If you are interested in bringing Leveling the Playing Field to your community please fill out the New Chapter Inquiry Form.

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