Program Name: Leveling the Playing Field Baltimore
Award Amount: $40,000
Project Description: Leveling the Playing Field (LPF) is a non-profit organization that gives underprivileged children the opportunity to enjoy the mental and physical benefits of youth sports participation. LPF does this through the collection of used/excess sports equipment from schools, manufacturers, individual families, and others. After being inventoried and sorted at the LPF warehouse, the equipment is then redistributed to a school, sports league, or other organization serving a low-income community and placed into the hands of a child who cannot afford their own equipment.
The purpose of the Leveling the Playing Field Baltimore initiative is to expand the organization’s capacity to serve the youth of Baltimore City through funding additional staff support and implementation expenses. The Program will also provide services in the collection of used/excess sports equipment from schools, manufacturers, individual families, and others. They will also redistribute equipment to schools, sports leagues, or other organizations serving low-income communities and build relationship with partners to identify young people in need of equipment.