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The Fit Kids Foundation

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Mission: Fit Kids' mission is to provide structured physical activity programs for underserved children to build the foundation for a healthy, active life. Fit Kids was founded in 2011 to address disparities in access to healthy physical activity among underserved children in the San Francisco Bay area. The initial goal was to bring sports programs to low-income communities. We quickly found that the young children with whom we were working lacked the hand-eye coordination, foot-eye coordination, speed, strength and agility that are essential for playing sports. Unlike their peers in neighboring higher-income communities, these children did not have safe parks to play in, meaningful physical education programs in school and organized after-school sports programs to help them develop fundamental movement skills. To address this alarming opportunity gap and empower children to adopt a physically active lifestyle, Fit Kids began offering free after-school fitness programs in low-income communities. Over the last seven years, we have continuously improved upon a year-long physical activity curriculum that we make available, at no cost, to schools and community organizations that qualify based on the percentage of students eligible for the free and reduced-price lunch program (>50%). Today, we reach more than 10,000 children annually and have more than fifty programs operating throughout the Bay Area, in Los Angeles and in Las Vegas.

Results: Physical activity is essential to every child’s healthy development; however, children in lower-income communities are more likely than their higher-income peers to be physically inactive, overweight or obese, which can lead to a lifetime of health problems. For these children, it is critical to provide equitable access to structured programs that build fundamental skills and motivate them to stay active by making fitness fun. The earlier and more consistently we can offer them these opportunities, the better. Fit Kids’ outcome goals in 2018-2019 include helping participants: • Develop foundational fitness skills: A minimum of 50% of partner sites will report improvement in overall fitness levels • Develop fundamental motor skills: A minimum of 50% of partner sites will report improvement in overall motor skills • Improve social and emotional skills: A minimum of 50% of partner sites will report improved social and emotional skills

Target demographics: At-risk children

Direct beneficiaries per year: In the 2018-19 school year we are providing 67 programs that will serve over 10,000 kids!

Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and Las Vegas

Programs: Our innovative curriculum helps increase kids physical activity levels and makes fitness fun! All children build fitness and motor skills and develop confidence in their physical abilities.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FitKids has done an amazing job for many schools and PE classes! They are phenomenal at introducing fun activities and supplying the equipment. I’m thoroughly impressed.

Great organization and very well run!

Client Served

Rating: 5

FitKids has changed the lives of some of our students. They are so excited for physical education nowadays and it’s such a great feeling as a teacher. Even students who normally don’t care to participate are having a blast!

Client Served

Rating: 5

FitKids has greatly benefited my school and classes for PE. By supplying our school with equipment and fun activities it has truly enhanced the curriculum for PE. My students have thoroughly enjoyed playing the games and staying fit while doing it.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a board member with Fit Kids! It is so inspiring to volunteer for such a noble cause and see the amazing work being done for under-served youths in the SF Bay Area, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. I feel most proud when I see the testimonies of the children and their parents as they share how the Fit Kids program brings joy, physical and mental health and helps them be better students! I look forward to helping the organization grow, so we can bring Fit Kids to more cities nationwide!

Flozell H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started using fit kids equipment maybe a month ago, and I can tell you it helped me out tremendously. The kids have fun while working out. I use fit kids for grades kindergarten through 8 grade. I like to set up obstacle courses, I also use it for my sports teams basketball, football, and volleyball, I love the Dodge balls very soft and don't hurt when getting hit in the face.
Fit kids made physical education easier for me, and the kids love it.
Thanks fit kids

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Fit Kids board member for several years. This organization makes a great impact on the kids that it serves. The Fit Kids programs increases physical activity levels and improve fitness for thousands of children at schools and community organizations. These schools and organizations are thrilled with the program and communicate the physical, social and emotional benefits that result from their students participation.

Terri G.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Fit kids does amazing work in our area, and have added an important component to a child's day, making sure they get the activity they need to stay healthy. It is a well-run organization that uses their resources well.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organization I’m thrilled to support. Fitkids is changing kids’ lives in meaningful ways. I’m so impressed with this organization and the growth they’ve exhibited and the impact they have. Go Fitkids!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great organization with an important mission -- helping underserved kids realize the benefits of organized exercise and physical activity. So important today and Fit Kids delivers with a high energy, inclusive, fun program that kids resonate with and keep coming back to.

David C.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have worked with Fit Kids for the past three years, and I can say that as a PE teacher in an urban elementary school, these folks really help me out. They supply not just equipment but standards based lesson plans, with plenty of alternative activities for differentiation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fit Kids is a phenomenal non-profit that provides structured fitness programs for underserved youth. Budget cuts in schools and other forces that reduce or eliminate recess, PE classes and other fitness opportunities have left our most vulnerable populations even more susceptible to obesity, diabetes, depression and other ills that result from inactivity. Fit Kids is one of the foremost forces working to ensure a fit future for all kids!