Funds Will be Distributed to 12 Communities
This year, The Walt Disney Company donated $1 million to NRPA to improve the accessibility of play spaces and youth sports within communities. The funds will go towards the associations 2020 Youth Sports and Outdoor Play program in which 12 communities will receive grants and technical assistance. Additionally, NRPA will use the donation to support resources that help train and mentor park and recreation professionals to create environments that establish accessible play areas and facilities.
According to NRPA, they have collaborated with Disney since 2015 through their Meet Me at the Park program, which has overseen the improvement of 130 different park projects and met their 2019 goal of reaching over one million children and families throughout the previous three years.
Kristine Stratton, CEO and president of NRPA, commented on the donations in saying, "Gaps in access to affordable, high-quality and versatile sports opportunities for youth continue to grow, contributing to a decline in sports participation and physical activity. This continuation of our long-standing relationship with Disney will promote the expansion of fair access to youth sports throughout the country and contribute to creating healthier communities. We are proud of the work our organizations have done together in support of NRPA's mission to strengthen communities through the power of parks and recreation."