ESPN, Under Armour and LISC have announced that four new communities are eligible for grants through the Replay initiative to transform vacant lots into community recreation hubs. The program, which is in its second year, will award a total of $430,000 to help neighborhood groups in Atlanta, Detroit, Oakland, and Toledo ensure that sports and recreation are accessible to all residents. As LISC’s senior program director for Sports & Recreation, Beverly Smith, stated, “Our on-the-ground experience in local communities coupled with the resources and expertise of ESPN and Under Armour has been a highly successful formula for creating useful recreational spaces.”
Soccer fans have been cheering LISC's $30 million collaboration with Lionsraw and American Outlaws to fuel soccer facilities and youth programming in underserved communities. But the effort to invest in 26 fields by the 2026 World Cup is about much more than scoring goals; the program is set to empower 1 million kids and improve the health of their communities as well. Fast Company takes an in-depth look.
Exciting news for communities in Baltimore, Los Angeles and Philadelphia today. As part of ESPN’s RePlay initiative, a collaboration with Under Armour and LISC, 12 community organizations will receive grants totaling $330,000 to help transform vacant lots into sports, recreation and play spaces. “Restoring vacant areas into safe, recreational sports and play spaces not only give youth a place to exercise and learn sports, they are also places that bring residents together and become a source of pride for the neighborhood”, LISC CEO and president Maurice A. Jones said.
In a blog for the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Healthcare Quarterly, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones makes the case for pioneering partnerships between healthcare organizations and community development, uniting to upend the roots of poor health. LISC’s collaborations with ProMedica and Bon Secours Health System, among other companies, are powerful examples of how our combined assets, knowledge and experience can begin to close America’s longevity gap.
At a recent presentation about the role of cross-sector partnerships and community reinvestment sponsored by the Federal Reserve of San Francisco, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones stressed the importance of tapping new relationships, and redefining long-standing ones, in order to effectively pursue our shared missions. He pointed to LISC's alliances with the health (ProMedica), sports (NFL) and tech (Facebook) fields as examples of partnerships that combine insight and investment to support the people and places we care about, and as a result, fuel a competitive economy.