Blair C wrote -
The Tenderloin is home to over 3,000 children; it is also the poorest and most densely populated neighborhood in San Francisco. The Tenderloin is also unusual for other reasons: it has no grocery store and very limited recreational space for youth and their families to be active.
Through our soccer and wellness programs at IHDC in collaboration with America SCORES Bay Area, we have eliminated barriers to accessing physical wellness opportunities by absorbing the costs incurred by families in order for youth to participate in organized sports leagues. By collaborating with like-minded community partners, we have been able to expand our reach to target specific youth who have (due to financial limitations) been denied access to these types of programs.
We are looking for your support to expand our soccer programs within the San Francisco Unified School District, specificaly at those elementary schools located within the Tenderloin. These soccer programs give youth access to everything from local fields to play on to soccer uniforms.
By working with our local after school programs, we have been able to provide over 20 low-income youth with access to health programs that wouldn't have been possible without our organization's support. For so many of the youth we work with, this opportunity will be life changing for them, providing them with access to sports programs that are often expensive and therefore not accessible to the families we serve.
This year (including summer), we are hoping to work with over 40 youth and bring at least one new soccer team to the Tenderloin; but we need your help.
Please make a contribution today to support a youth soccer team for low-income youth in the Tenderloin.