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Sports Sampling with Soar Detroit

“I focus on using sports to teach kids lessons that will translate for the rest of their lives,” says Nate Schwarze, Director of Soar Detroit Eagle Sports Club (ESC). ESC provides sports programming for kids ages 4-14 on Detroit’s east side. Kids play baseball in the summer, soccer in the spring and fall, flag football…

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Providing Everyone Opportunities to Play with City of Port Huron Parks & Recreation

In southeast Michigan, a family’s household income usually determines their kids’ access to sports and recreation facilities and opportunities. Kids that live in Dulhut Village, Port Huron’s largest low-income housing community, have few places to play within walking distance and limited transportation access. COVID related measures have further restricted their options. Port Huron’s Parks &…

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Learning On the Trail with Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association

Mountain biking teaches kids life lessons. Biking trails are purpose-built with obstacles like rocks, roots, sharp turns, and steep inclines for kids to face and overcome. The choose your own adventure model that mountain biking offers encourages kids to set their own goals and compete against themselves. A kid could opt to take an easier…

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Access Diverse Learning Resources with Hartland’s Cromaine Library

“There’s still that traditional notion that libraries are only about books, but we’re more than that,” explains Marta-Kate Jackson, Youth and Teen Services Manager at Hartland’s Cromaine Library in Livingston County. “Our programming supports a variety of interests and ways to learn.”  Apart from reader services, the library has a range of offerings including storytime…

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Building Character, Strength, and Confidence with Girls on the Run Southeastern Michigan

Youth who participate in sports and regular physical activity experience physical, social, emotional, and cognitive health benefits that help to shape positive life experiences. But data shows that girls participate in sports 10 – 15% less than their male peers, and by age 14 girls drop out of sports programs at twice the rate of…

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Creating Pathways to College and Career Readiness with RacquetUp Detroit

“First and foremost this is not really about squash.” Derek Aguirre is the Executive Director of Racquet Up Detroit, a nonprofit that works with young people in Northwest Detroit from fifth grade and up to help them succeed at school, build meaningful relationships, and embrace their potential.  Growing up in Michigan, Derek was not a…

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Supporting Happier, Healthier Childhoods with Free Bikes 4 Kidz

“I ride my bike to school every day, and I do that year round. Summer, winter, rain, snow.” Bob Barnes’ almost daily seven mile commute from his home in Royal Oak to Bloomfield Township where he teaches high school gives him time and space to daydream, reflect, and process his thoughts. As a passionate cyclist…