The Issue: Overweight and Obese Children in the US
In 2008, more than one-third of children in the United States were obese or overweight, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Youth who are obese or overweight are more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem. Increasing access to physical education, which is often lacking in underfunded public schools, can help youth attain a healthier lifestyle and lower their risk for disease.
The Campaign: Providing Sports Training for Local Youth
If 40 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Children Sports International can provide three weeks of sports-performance training for 20 underserved youth in the Los Angeles area. Each additional $20 raised will provide three weeks of training for another youth. During the training, passionate, well-trained volunteers get groups of 15–20 kids moving with fun, afterschool fitness activities that will improve strength, flexibility, coordination, and overall athletic performance. Kids will receive all the necessary equipment and coaching they need to build healthy bodies and learn the value of teamwork.
Children Sports International
Despite its worldly name, Children Sports International is fiercely community- focused. Its 100% model ensures that every donated dollar goes toward funding youth-fitness and afterschool-sports programs—and that every staff member is a local volunteer. Founder Danny Vasquez has lived his life in Los Angeles, and he sees sports as a way to inspire hope and improve health among the underserved children in his community. He and his volunteer staff work with kids aged 6–18 to get hearts pumping during age-appropriate activities that enhance physical fitness as they increase self-esteem. However, Children Sports International isn't all about athletics: in 2012, the organization spearheaded the Be the Solution to Ocean Pollution program, during which teams of volunteers and local kids helped beautify their community by cleaning up stretches of Venice Beach and Long Beach.
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