A new grant program is set to help community-based organizations in Baltimore, Los Angeles and Philadelphia transform vacant lots into vibrant spaces for sports and recreation. Funded by ESPN and Under Armour and managed by LISC, the program will support revitalization efforts in underserved communities, creating safe places for youth to play. Grant applications are due on May 15, 2018.
ESPN, Under Armour and LISC Announce a New Initiative to Turn Vacant Spaces into Valuable Places For Sports, Recreation and Play
NEW YORK (February 21, 2018) – Today ESPN and Under Armour, in collaboration with the Local initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) - one of the nation’s leading community development finance institutions - launched a new initiative called RePlay. The program’s ultimate goal is to revitalize and transform vacant lots into places where communities can come together for sports, recreation and play.
RePlay seeks to help local residents in three cities plan and implement revitalization projects that transform vacant spaces into safe, quality places for youth and community. The initiative will direct over $400,000 in grants to local organizations that will plan and execute projects that create safe recreation spaces to exercise and play on currently vacant lots. The program will award $10,000 planning grants and up to $75,000 implementation grants to help groups working to revitalize vacant spaces in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Baltimore.
Organizations can apply for grant funding here starting today. The application deadline is May 15, 2018. Vacant lots in neighborhoods present great opportunities to provide access to safe, healthy recreation spaces in communities. LISC will identify projects and provide technical assistance to local residents and community groups. Additionally, the organization will assist them from the predevelopment and construction phases to project completion with funding provided by ESPN and Under Armour.
“Too many children aren't able to participate in sports due to the lack of access to safe places to play for underserved youth,” said Kevin Martinez, vice president of ESPN Corporate Citizenship. “ESPN is excited to team up with Under Armour and LISC through the RePlay program to help improve access so that everyone can get involved and realize the benefits of sport.”
LISC President and CEO, Maurice A. Jones said the RePlay Program is aligned with LISC’s longstanding efforts to transform vacant spaces into safe, recreational, sports and play infrastructure in communities throughout the country. “Good recreational spaces are significant threads in the social fabric of healthy communities,” he said. “Our collaboration with ESPN and Under Armour gives us an opportunity to make those communities better and stronger.”
ESPN believes that, at its very best, sports uplift the human spirit. Its corporate citizenship programs use power of sport to positively address society’s needs through strategic community investments, cause marketing programs, collaboration with sports organizations, and employee volunteerism, while also utilizing its diverse media assets. For more information go to www.espn.com/citizenship.
LISC equips struggling communities with the capital, program strategy and know-how to become places where people can thrive. It combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources. Since 1980, LISC has invested $19.2 billion to build or rehab 376,200 affordable homes and apartments and develop 62.6 million square feet of retail, community and educational space—including athletic facilities and other recreational space.
Under Armour, Inc., headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland is a leading innovator, marketer and distributor of branded performance athletic apparel, footwear and accessories. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand's innovative products are sold worldwide to consumers with active lifestyles. The company's Connected Fitness™ platform powers the world's largest digitally connected health and fitness community. For further information, please visit www.uabiz.com.