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Children Sports International

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Environment, Recreation & Sports, Sports, Youth Community Service Clubs

Mission: To improve the lives of impoverished children around the world by using sports to inspire hope, improve health and spread the message of peace

Results: When we started our organization in 2011 we wanted to provide all children with the opportunity to be active in a fun and effective program. Over the summer we began training children in local parks to help develop their athletic skills. We understand the importance of building a strong relationship with community from a grassroots level, so this is why we have hosted many community events throughout the year. Whether its volunteering in our sports program or helping build a house with Habitat for Humanity, we are trying to give today's youth the opportunity to look beyond themselves and help out their community. We are looking for new partners and supporters to help us raise the funds that will allow to grow and help us reach more children in Los Angeles.

Target demographics: Low-income schools and children in the Greater Los Angeles area between 6-18 years old

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3000

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles, Long Beach, Culver City, South Bay

Programs: Youth Sports Program After-School Program Volunteering Internships University Chapters

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer for Children Sports at an event with the South Los Angeles Regional Center. It was a rewarding experience for me. We were able to engage children with various developmental disabilities in physical activities. The children were full energy and happy to be jumping rope, tossing a ball around, learning new fitness activities such as lunges, squats, bear crawls, etc. These children's disabilities ranged; some were more severe than others. There were a few kids who caught my attention. One was a young girl in a wheelchair and who had problems with her vision (I think she was partially blind) and grasping things with her hands. These challenges did not keep her from tossing a light ball around with another volunteer for quite some time. I think she may have gotten to work on her motor skills during that time..At the very least we got her smile. I look forward to more events like this, where we can impact the lives of more children. It was definitely rewarding.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always want to work with an organization who is so passionate about sports and fitness. As an intern this past year, I have gained the knowledge in community outreach, marketing and sports performance which will help me in my career and in helping others. I had such a great experience working with Children Sports International , I can't wait to volunteer with them in the future again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy volunteering for Children Sports since it is in the fitness field and it involves helping kids grow in healthy adults.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I believe in the mission of Children Sports International, which is to provide high level fitness programs to under-served communities. Children should be educated about the importance of exercising and leading healthy, well-rounded lives. It is also important to excite children about these fitness programs to cultivate a positive attitude towards healthy lifestyle changes. I believe Children Sports International has the potential to inspire change and create a healthier world for all children and I recommend everyone to volunteer and support its cause.

Advisor

Rating: 5

If you are looking for a organization to volunteer with, Children Sports International is amazing. I had the pleasure of implementing the mission and promoting the sports events for Children Sports International this past summer. I believe many children need to harbor a dream or an ambition in their minds even though they are in poverty-stricken families. Volunteering as an intern has helped me accomplish my goal and get the hands-on experience I was looking for in a non-profit. Thanks Danny for all your support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved my volunteer work with Children Sports. They helped me reach out to children in need and inspiring change in Los Angeles. Sports teach essential life values while molding you into a well-rounded individual. Along with my love for athletics, I have a calling for helping children. Working with Children Sports as a volunteer coach has opened my eyes to the need as well as my strong willingness to help in any way I can. I look forward to working with them again in the future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Children Sports International was a participant for the Healthy Hawthorn 5K. This was the second year they attended our event. It was great having them again. The children and adults enjoy their fitness challenge. We look for seeing them next year.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My children participated in World Health Day through Children Sports. They had a great time! The volunteers worked with them one-on-one. They learned new fitness activities that can be done with out fancy equipment. It was a great experience for the kids and for us.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Met a lot of interesting people. Very friendly people.

Ignacio R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Children Sports International is a top-rated organizations and one of the best organizations that helps children stay active. I am so honor to have volunteered for them because they have been amazing with our kids. Our high school kids love to be part of their activities because their staff are dedicated and committed to helping kids.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was drawn to volunteering for Children Sports because they use of sports to influence children and youth who live in disadvantaged areas. Sports have always been a pivotal part of my life and extremely influential in teaching me life skills such as teamwork, responsibility, and perseverance, while also giving something physically constructive to do. I cannot remember a time in my life where I did not play a sport and my team experiences have been some of the most positive in my life. I think getting children involved in their sports programs as a positive outlet can be a life changing experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Children Sports International is such an amazing organization since it deals with using sports and physical activity to enhance the lives of the young population. Coming from a poor community, I personally know how using these tools can really improve the lives of individuals. Learning this firsthand, I would like to use what I know to help others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for Children Sports has been a great experience this past year. I grew up playing sports and that competitive nature lead me to have the drive and determination that I have today in my career. Working with kids is an amazing experience. It always makes my day when I am out there coaching and helping a young kid learn something new that will inspire him to keep at it and strive to be the best that they can be.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What interested me most about this organization is the fact that I will be able to work and surround myself with people who love sports and want to teach the values one can get through sports to young underprivileged children. It combines two things I enjoy most; being around children and my passion for sports and I am looking forward to volunteering again soon.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wanted to help kids who have a hard stressful lifestyle and show them that there is a better and healthier path than being on the streets. I volunteer for Children Sports because I want to become a good influence for them and have the opportunity to participate in events and meet new people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Deborah, and I love volunteering because I am influencing the younger generation to believe in themselves and to go for their goals. Also, teaching kids about a living a healthy lifestyle and that sports can make you go far in life inspires me to volunteer for Children Sports International.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working in an environment where I can be outdoors making a difference, socializing with like-minded people who want to contribute to a great cause. Volunteering with this amazing nonprofit has made a impact in my life and is a great way to teach kids the importance of conserving our earth and staying active and healthy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve always been interested in working with at-risk youth. I feel that, aside from children, the teenage population is the one most vulnerable to adverse outcomes in the community. As a volunteer coach for Children Sports I have been involved making changes in the lives of youth and becoming a positive role-model for children in my community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've always wanted to work with children. Volunteering for Children Sports allows me to help others and create smiles more than anything!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I like volunteering for Children Sports because it gives me the opportunity to help children and in return I gain more experience working with them.