How A Decision To Withhold NYC Parks Permits Puts Kids At Risk
With continued uncertainty surrounding school reopenings, scholastic-based and after-school programs – and the kids they serve – are facing the immediate possibility of losing access to safe and affordable play spaces. This only increases the importance of local parks to fill those gaps and create a lifeline for local youth sports organizations. The physical, mental, and emotional benefits of playing youth sports are well-documented, so now more than ever accessible youth sports are needed.
These challenges underscore why there is so much concern and consternation in the New York City youth sports community about a recent decision to withhold fall permits for the city’s sports fields. The unfortunate consequence of this decision is that the organizations that serve communities and families who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic are the ones that will be most adversely affected by it.
This community of organizations serving NYC families who have reduced access to youth sports and high poverty rates have united together in an impassioned campaign demanding the city reverse this decision. More than 50 individual organizations in the New York City area are represented, including South Bronx United, PeacePlayers Brooklyn and America SCORES New York.
We encourage our community of youth sports organizations in New York City to review and sign on to this letter, and for individuals to sign their name on a change.org petition that already counts more than 2,500 signatures.
One of LeagueApps’ core beliefs is ‘sports for all,’ where every kid has access to amazing youth sports experiences. We created and made a company commitment to our FundPlay program to support organizations, like the aforementioned ones above, with our software, community, and advocacy because of this core belief. We also believe that there is ‘strength in numbers,’ knowing we will achieve more as a community. That’s why LeagueApps has signed on to the letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mitchell Silver.
Together, we will ensure that there are #Fields4NYCYouth on our mission to ensure all kids have access to great youth sports experiences.