Sports Academies

Youth sports participation should be a right, not a privilege. 7 out of 10 children with family incomes over $100,000 play sports compared to 3 out of 10 children whose families earn less than $25,000 (Aspen Institute). We created our Academy programs so that as our athletes get older they can continue to have fun, play in an inclusive environment, and further develop their skills without finances becoming a barrier to their participation. Learn more about our sports academies below.

Soccer Academy

Nationally, less than 8% of youth soccer players identify as Black. Locally, youth soccer programs are also not reflective of our city’s diversity. Soccer Academy focuses on player development and welcomes all players regardless of their skill level. We provide opportunities for players to play friendly games, competitive games, and optional tournaments.

• Who: Girls and boys ages 8-12

• Where: Columbia Parc, 3857 Duplessis Street

• When: One Weekday Practice and Weekend Games during the Fall and Spring

• Cost: Families can choose whatever fits their budget from $5 – $300

Basketball Academy

Basketball academy is one of our 2021-2022 pilot programs as we continue to provide a pre-K through 12th grade pipeline of opportunities. There are plenty of leagues and travel teams in the city, but our program is focused more on player development, developing a love for the game, and a chance to continue growing their basketball skills from our Youth Sports Community. Athletes will learn the fundamentals of basketball and play friendly or competitive games against each other. 

• Who: Girls and boys age 8-10

• Where: Langston Hughes Academy

• When: Two Weekday Practices with Games included, Spring season

• Cost: Families can choose whatever fits their budget from $5 – $75

Baseball Academy

The purpose of Baseball Academy is to create an equitable youth baseball program that increases participation in underserved neighborhoods and provides financial assistance for participation, equipment, uniforms, and tournament fees. Our athletes acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to build their confidence and create a foundation for future success.

• Who: Girls and boys age 8-10

• Where: Frederick Douglass High School

• When: One Weekday Practice and Weekend Games, Fall season, Spring (TBD)

• Cost: Families can choose whatever fits their budget from $5 – $300