Beyond the opportunity to stay healthy and have fun, youth sports have long provided a pathway toward personal growth and social mobility. Young athletes make healthier choices. They enjoy a stronger network of friends and mentors. They perform better and progress further in school and in the workplace. They are poised to earn higher salaries. They’re even more likely to vote.
But declining public funding has forced low-income schools to either cut these programs outright — today offering an average of half the number of team sports — or exact high “pay-to-play” fees, leaving one in three young athletes with no choice but to quit.
Access to youth sports should not be a luxury. While college-conscious upper-class students are participating in clubs and teams at a ballooning rate, a growing share of their peers find themselves shut out. Mission North is committed to closing this access gap for tristate area young people.