11-18-21 | News

Disney and NRPA Collaborate in Support of Youth Sports and Play

16 Community Grants and Technical Assistance Given

NRPA announced the 16 winning communities of the 2021 Youth Sports and Play grants that supports youth sports and play. The Walt Disney Company donated $1 million to the grant program.

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recently announced the recipients of its 2021 Youth Sports and Play grants. The Walt Disney Company donated $1 million as part of its commitment to "creating healthier generations, supports projects that increase access to youth sports and play spaces in local parks for all."

Communities receiving the grants are developing access to youth sports and active play through sports clinics, field improvements and opportunities for physical activity. Communities include, City of Imperial Beach, California, City of Los Angeles, California, City of Pico Rivera, California, City of Suisun City, California, City of Orlando, Florida, City of Tampa, Florida, City of New Orleans, Louisiana, Parish of Ascension, Louisiana, Town of Vivian, Louisiana, City of Flint, Michigan, Town of Garner, North Carolina, City of Columbus, Ohio, City of Tulsa, Oklahoma, City of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and City of Pasco, Washington.

"Park and recreation professionals are essential to closing gaps in access to local, affordable, high-quality and versatile youth sports opportunities," stated Kristine Stratton, NRPA President and CEO, "This continuation of our long-standing relationship with Disney will help park and recreation professionals do what they do best - create healthier, more equitable communities through the power of parks and recreation."

This program builds off of the developments that were created in the 2020 Youth Sports and Play Grant Program where 12 agencies were given funding and technical assistance.


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