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Sport is a powerful tool for social change. Programs across the country are leveraging the power of sport to improve the life skills of children and youth.

Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, the national leader in uniting communities through the power of sport, surveyed more than 100 of these organizations. Explore our findings below.

Sport for Good In The U.S.

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By The Numbers

We surveyed organizations on the map to find more about their methods and goals. Take a look at the latest trends in Sport for Good.

851,676

youths have been reached by 141 Sport for Good organizations in 2018.

6 Key Pillars

We asked Sport for Good organizations to select the one primary focus area that they are using sport to achieve:

Health

Enhancing mental wellbeing and encouraging healthy behavior change

Education

Increased access to, and completion of, education

Employability

Developing skills and creating pathways to employment

Gender Equality

Promoting equity, empowerment, and safety of young women and girls

Inclusive Society

Breaking down barriers to reduce discrimination in communities and help young leaders emerge

Peaceful Society

Resolving conflict, supporting community, peace building, and contributing to reductions in juvenile incarceration and recidivism

Health

Enhancing mental wellbeing and encouraging healthy behavior change

Education

Increased access to, and completion of, education

Employability

Developing skills and creating pathways to employment

Gender Equality

Promoting equity, empowerment, and safety of young women and girls

Inclusive Society

Breaking down barriers to reduce discrimination in communities and help young leaders emerge

Peaceful Society

Resolving conflict, supporting community, peace building, and contributing to reductions in juvenile incarceration and recidivism

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75%

52%

55%

63%

53%

Most Popular Sports

We asked Sport for Good organizations what sport they are using to empower youth. Here were the most popular:

#1 Soccer

#2 Basketball

#3 Running

Ethnic Breakdown of Participants

We asked organizations to indicate percentage of youth they have reached by race/ethnicity.

1%

I don't know

14%

White/Caucasian

1%

Native American

4%

Asian/ Pacific Islander

7%

Other

28%

Latino

45%

Black/African American

Gender Breakdown Across Organizations

The breakdown is for youth served across all organizations.

61%

reached are boys

39%

reached are girls

1%

reached are more non-binary, third gender, trans, self-described

Income Data of Participants

We asked organizations what percentage of their participants are low- income, based on eligibility for free and reduced lunch.

78%

are low income

41%

are living in extreme poverty

Average Percentage of Youth Reached by Organization Programs

44%

Have experienced moderate to high levels of trauma

14%

Have a disability (physical, intellectual, or developmental)

7%

Have been involved with the youth justice system

6%

Are not in education or employment training

4%

Identify as LGBTQ*

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