In 2019, a group of parents in New Orleans could not find a high-quality, low-cost, and inclusive youth sports program – so we started The 18th Ward. A pipeline of programs were created for students from preschool through the end of high school. Every young person is welcome regardless of race, gender, income, or neighborhood. Sports are used to advance positive youth development, promote gender and racial equity, and build a stronger community. Learn more about each of our programs below.

Youth Sports Community: With multiple sports per practice, kids begin building foundational skills. This program is designed for kids 4 to 8 years old. 

Sports Academies: In order to build on fundamentals from the Youth Sports Community, athletes are allowed to focus on a single sport. These academies are designed for older kids who have just aged out of Youth Community Sports ranging from 8 to 12 years old. 

Little Tykes: Similar to the Youth Sports Community, Little Tykes is multiple sports per practice. It is designed for younger kids ages 3 and 4 year olds. 

Her Time to Play: This is a program designed to create a safe, welcoming and engaging environment that empowers girls. They will be given the opportunity to learn to love physical activity. It is designed for girls ages 8-14 years old.

Coaches in Training: High school athletes are given a chance to coach. Here they can practice their leadership, find their voices, and provide a service to their community. All of this can be achieved while getting paid for their work.