Leveraging the Playing Field in Sports


Leveraging the Playing Field works to make sure girls in need have everything required to comfortably and confidently play sports. LPF has partnered with the Philadelphia Eagles to distribute over 5,000 new sports bras to local girls in need to help launch a new girls flag football league. Additionally, through the formation & support of the Washington Coalition of Women's Professional Sports, LPF has collected over 10,000 new sports bras since March 2022. LPF has already distributed over 6,000 new sports bras to 153 unique schools/youth programs in need this fall. 


The Facts

Over the past few decades the privatization of youth sports has led to a decline in public recreation and interscholastic athletics and a rapid increase in registration fees across the board. This phenomenon has become known as the “pay to play” model. Low income families are more than three times less likely to enroll their kids in youth sports due to the high cost of participation.

Leveling the Playing Field

Leveling the Playing Field (LPF) was founded in 2013 in response to growing inequity between those that can afford to play sports and those that cannot, and the prominent role the cost of sporting goods has played in that gap. LFP's mission is to redistribute equipment to expand access and equity within youth sports and recreation programs in under-resourced communities. With locations in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia, LTF has collected and redistributed over $9.5 million worth of sports equipment to over 1,500 unique schools, sports leagues, and other programs serving kids in need.