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About Sports 4 Life

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Program Background

In October 2014, the Women’s Sports Foundation, with support from founding partner espnW, launched “Sports 4 Life” a national grant program to increase participation and retention of African-American and Hispanic girls in sports. The benefits of sports participation on young women are tremendous: increased confidence and higher self-esteem, a more positive body image, better overall physical health and lower rates of obesity, better grades in school, a higher graduation rate and a greater likelihood to attend college. Quality sports programs can also provide a leadership training experience for girls.

Sports 4 Life, like all Women’s Sports Foundation initiatives, is supported by evidence-based research. The WSF report “Go Out and Play: Youth Sports in America” illustrates that African-American and Hispanic girls are doubly hit by both gender and race disparities in sports. Girls in these demographics are less likely to play sports than boys and less likely to play sports than their Caucasian peers. They also enter sports at a later age and drop out earlier.

The Women’s Sports Foundation wants to empower communities, and organizations like yours, to reverse this alarming trend by increasing girls’ access to sport which provides girls with the foundational benefits of sports: leadership, self-esteem, confidence, and perseverance.

WSF offers two levels of funding support to girl serving organizations across the country.

How To Apply

The 2019 Community Sports 4 Life Partners funding cycle is now closed. Please make sure you’re subscribed to our S.H.E. Matters E-Newsletter so you’ll be the first to know once grants are announced.

Questions About Our Program?

Please contact Elizabeth Flores-Amaya at