Safe, well-maintained places to gather, exercise and play are fundamental to the development and well-being of the members of any community—especially children. In distressed neighborhoods, where positive recreational outlets may be scarce, a playing field or park can serve as a welcome refuge from unsafe streets and as a deterrent to gang activity and other negative influences. For parents, youth recreation can mean peace of mind, and a chance to connect with other families in the community.
A neighborhood dotted with well-cared for greenspace and sports fields also attracts commercial investment, enjoys lower crime rates and appeals to people who want to put down roots.
Together with the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program, we make it possible for community groups to build or renovate playing fields. With the ESPN Home Court Program we are offering neighborhood nonprofits and schools the financing and technical support they need to rehab local basketball courts. And LISC is also partnering with Under Armour to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of sports and recreation facilities in Baltimore City Schools.
Through our local offices and rural program across the country, we’ve been on the ground to create or revive hundreds of parks, greenways, trails and playgrounds. Because safe, accessible places to exercise are part of what makes a neighborhood healthy and sustainable—and where people want to live.
ESPN teams up with LISC to support new basketball courts in five local communities.