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We are a non-profit organization dedicated to helping develop healthy bodies and healthy minds of marginalized boys and girls (ages 3-18)

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Youth ages 6-18 from low-income homes quit sports because of the financial costs at six times the rate of kids from high-income homes, according to a national survey of parents by the Aspen Institute’s Project Play initiative and Utah State University’s Families in Sport Lab.

The average child spends less than three years playing a sport and quits by age 11. 

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Youth sports matters

Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates have tripled in the U.S., and today, the country has some of the highest obesity rates in the world: 1 out of 6 children is obese, and 1 out of 3 children is overweight or obese.

* From the years 2017 to 2022, the percentage of obesity increased with age: 


* The percentage prevalence of obesity among different races varied between children ages two to 19 years from 2017 to 2020:

Poverty in Detroit
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Income & Poverty

Median household income (in 2021 dollars), 2017-2021


Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2021 dollars), 2017-2021


Persons in poverty, percent


The poverty rate in Detroit, Michigan is 148.44% higher than the US average. In Detroit, Michigan, an estimated 31.8% of 635,212 people live in poverty. In the United States, 12.8% of 324,173,084 people live in poverty.

Fewer African-American children play sports than White children, who in turn have greater access to the benefits of sports. That includes physical activity, which plays a role in obesity and disease prevention.
The survey showed that the three most expensive sports to play for all youth are ice hockey, field hockey, and skiing/snowboarding.

Fewer than 2% of African-American children participate in those sports.

59% of families experience financial strain from their children’s sports, according to a recent survey from financial services company LendingTree.

While 48% of families with kids participating in sports say they will find a way to make it work, 11% plan to take on debt.

Low-income kids are 6 times more likely to quit sports due to costs

Family income shapes the sports that youth play.

Children from high-income homes were at least twice as likely to play field hockey, lacrosse, and tennis, or to participate in skiing/snowboarding than kids in low-income homes. Children from low-income homes were more likely to play tackle football and basketball. 

While most sports remain relatively accessible, it is evident that certain sports are easier for low-income youth to engage in while others are more aligned with high-income families,”

Income disparity in youth athletics has effects on health and success that stretch far into adulthood. 

Meet Our Team

Kierra Childs

"I`ve watched talented children quit when they don’t have cleats to practice or when registration money is due..."

Corey Childs

"I`m all about our community and I care about our youth's mental and physical health..."