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In 2018, the Women’s Sports Foundation and espnW, in collaboration with the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, are providing funding 64 organizations through the Sports 4 Life initiative. Together, we are committed to increasing access to sport for girls of color and to underserved communities and, in June, awarded more than $450,000 to Sports 4 Life community and regional partners, representing 37 sports in 18 states. Our 2018 funding is expected to serve nearly 14,000 middle and high school girls.

The national Sports 4 Life initiative was cofounded by the Women’s Sports Foundation and espnW in 2014. Recognizing the value of this effort, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation joined the effort this year to provide regional support to eight organizations in Southeast Michigan and Western New York.

Read the official press release.

Sports 4 Life – Community Partners


Girls Athletic Leadership School Los Angeles – GALS (Arleta)

L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs (Los Angeles)

Woodcraft Rangers (Los Angeles)

Oakland Lacrosse Club (Oakland)

Girls Leading Girls (San Francisco)

San Francisco Seals Soccer Club 2005 Girls Team (San Francisco)

Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative – BAWSI (San Jose)

Street Soccer USA (San Francisco)

Harlem Lacrosse (Los Angeles)

The SCGA Foundation (Studio City)

Natasha Watley Foundation (Woodland Hills)


The Cycle Effect (Eagle)

Washington, DC

The Washington Inner City Lacrosse Foundation – WINNERS Lacrosse


Girls Place Inc. (Gainesville)

PACE Center for Girls, Lee County (Fort Myers)


Netball America (Atlanta)

Coastal Outreach Soccer (Brunswick)

DeKalb Aquatics Swim Team Inc. (Decatur)

MACH Academy, Inc. (Martinez)


Girls in the Game (Chicago)

XS Tennis and Education Foundation (Chicago)

Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation (East Saint Louis)


Tenacity (Allston)

Chill Foundation (Boston)

Playworks Education Energized (Boston)

Boston Showstoppers Girls Academic and Athletic Enrichment Program (Dorchester)

Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center (Dorchester)

Soccer Without Borders (East Boston)

MetroLacrosse Inc. (Jamaica Plain)

Beyond Soccer, Inc. (Lawrence)

New England Youth Tackle Football Inc. (Lynn)

Shooting Touch, Inc. (Norwood)

The BASE (Roxbury)


Detroit Community Schools (Detroit)

Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation (Detroit)


Education First, Athletics Second Coalition (Kansas City)


Girls Youth Basketball (Henderson)

New York

Dancing Dreams (Bayside)

South Bronx United (Bronx)

Urban Sports Group (Bronx)

Extreme Kids and Crew (Brooklyn)

Inspirational Triathlon Racing International – i-tri (East Hampton)

Play Rugby, Inc. (New York)

Row New York – Adaptive Programming (New York)

Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh (Newburgh)


America SCORES Cleveland (Cleveland)


Portland Tennis & Education (Portland)


Beat the Streets Wrestling Program (Philadelphia)

Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation (Philadelphia)

Girls on the Run (Philadelphia)

Starfinder Foundation (Philadelphia)


Memphis Inner City Rugby (Memphis)


Dallas Tennis Association (Addison)

BRIDGE Lacrosse (Dallas)

Rae’s Hope, Inc. (Dallas)


Denny International Middle School (Seattle)


Sports 4 Life – Regional Partners

Western New York

Girls on the Run of Buffalo, Heart & Sole Expansion Program (Buffalo)

Orleans County YMCA, GirlStrong (Medina)

Algonquin Sports for Kids, Inc., Middle School Girls in Sports (Buffalo)

Best Self Behavioral Health, Building Brighter Futures (Buffalo)

Southeast Michigan

Racquet Up Detroit, Squash and Youth Development Program (Detroit)

Midnight Golf Program (Bingham Farms)

Figure Skating in Detroit, Sports-Based Girls’ Development Programs (Detroit)

Ann Arbor YMCA, Young Women Making Waves (Ann Arbor)


Meet our 2017 Sports 4 Life Grant Recipients