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Girls in the Game awarded $100K to support social justice programming in Baltimore

Girls in the Game Tuesday announced it received a $100,000 grant to support social justice programming for young women in Baltimore, Dallas and Chicago.

The grant is part of a commitment from The Kevin Durant Charitable Foundation, Degree and the Laureus Sport for Good Response Fund to donate $1 million to multiple organizations that help teach children the power of sports in combating social issues. Girls in the Game is one of the 10 recipient organizations who use movement and sports to improve the health, education and employment outcomes of kids in their communities.

The grant is in response to the COVID-19 health crisis and in support of those communities suffering from racial injustice. Only 1 in 3 American children are physically active each day, and with 1.3 million fewer opportunities to play high school sports than boys, girls have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic’s stay-at-home regulations.

Racial injustice further limits Black girls who may not feel confident moving in their communities due to profiling stemming from systemic racism. Communities hit hardest by COVID-19 are severely struggling to keep facilities and programs running, provide access to coaches and mentors and offer recreation centers and community organizations to keep young women safe, connected and moving.

Girls in the Game understands that not all playing fields are equal, hence the vision for a world where all girls are empowered to be gamechangers. The organization acknowledges the systemic racism that young girls of color face and it stands firm against that which seeks to destroy equity, inclusion and access. Now, more than ever, girls need a space where they can be active, be themselves and be together.

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