Organized sports have long provided young people with a path toward good health and personal growth. But in neighborhoods across the city, opportunities to play are few and far between. Declining public funding and expensive pay-to-play fees mean many of New York City's children have been shut out. Those who do play are often unable to afford the basics: gear, sneakers, transportation, snacks.
Mission North is a non-profit organization established to address youth sports inequity in New York City. We are committed to closing the access gap for New York’s kids — providing support to underfunded teams, developing new public school programming, and advocating for systemic change and meaningful policy reform in city government.
In the past year we’ve provided safety equipment and volleyballs to a girls team in the Bronx; helped develop a Brooklyn program teaching grade schoolers to ride their first bikes; and spearheaded a campaign to bring transparency to the Dept. of Education’s school sports funding strategy.
Youth sports should not be a luxury. Your tax-deductible donations help us provide necessary support across the five boroughs. Thank you for your interest in being a part of our effort to make sports accessible to young people of all backgrounds.
Make the team.
Your generous donations help us provide crucial support to local teams. Together we can subsidize expensive participation fees, offer shoes and clothing, gear, and other necessary supplies to children in New York's most underserved communities.
Mission North is the work of Lindsay
Vranizan and Jennifer Jakoboski.
Lindsay is a four-time marathoner and long-distance cyclist who conceived of Mission North on a solo ride from New York to Montreal. This year she'd like to learn to swim without holding her nose.
Jen is a lifelong horseback rider and accomplished runner, who in the past year completed not only New York Road Runner’s Five-Borough Series, but the New York City and Paris Marathon, as well.