Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit

The Fit Kids Foundation

194 pageviews

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Volunteering Oportunities

Nonprofit Overview

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

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fit Kids is a fantastic organization. A lot of people talk about the problems of obesity among youth, but Fit Kids is DOING something about. The fact that Fit Kids primarily helps underserved youth makes the organization's contributions to our society even more significant.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My school is beginning our fourth year using the Fit Kids program. It has far exceeded our expectations. As a teacher, the curriculum is age appropriate, adaptable, and easy to follow — but most importantly it engages the students and they love it! From the fun warmups to the fitness challenges and games, the students are involved and moving. Fit Kids keeps the excercises so fun, that the kids rarely know they are even gaining health benefits. Through the program, kids are exposed to new activities that they otherwise may never have tried. I see their confidence grow as they realize that they are capable and strong, both physically and mentally. We are very grateful for the Fit Kids program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a huge fan of FitKids. Childhood obesity is an epidemic, and the narrative is all about scolding parents/guardians for feeding their kids garbage. FitKids takes the positive approach by promoting activity, movement, physical fitness. Gone are the days where kids walked to school or rode their bikes to pick up groceries or play in the neighborhood. Most underserved kids don't have access to coordinated activity programs in their most important formative years K-5th grade. FitKids not only provides the opportunity and framework, they make it fun. Kids today, and future generations, need a chance to understand how important activity is to their overall wellbeing. My hope is that people will support FitKids so their impact continues to grow.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been an educator for 16 years. I have been in the classroom and out of the classroom teaching including P.E. for 4 years. This program is the best laid out, simple and enjoyable program for the fitness of our youth that I have come across. It builds not only fitness but leadership skills and confidence in students. I have worked closely with the Fit KIds Foundation and everyone at this nonprofit is definitely on a mission for our youth. Whether you are a before/after-school program, P.E. program looking for curriculum or even home-schooling, Fit Kids will definitely be a great partnership!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Fitkids! Our students take pride in the activities & are consistently active. We are blessed to be apart of this wonderful program!

-Santa Isabel

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organization doing impactful work for children!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I adore giving my time and resources to Fit Kids! They provide sports programs to children who no longer have PE, due to budget cuts, or don't have cost-effective after school sports offerings. We have a mental health and an obesity epidemic in our country and Fit Kids provides an effective and impactful solution.

Previous Stories

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!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Fit kids is doing amazing things to improve the health of children in our community. I appreciate that they focus on schools where kids don't have the opportunity to have a structured recess. This is a great way to get kids off screens and outside!

amyburnett

Board Member

Rating: 5

Fit Kids has made an amazing impact both in our local community as well as LA, Houston and Las Vegas by providing structured physical activity programs for underserved kids. I have watched Fit Kids grow tremendously and look forward to seeing the impact it will have in the years to come.

Previous Stories

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Never in my 7 years in Physical education instruction have I received so much equipment! The items given and the curriculum has some terrific ideas and systems to implement fitness! The elementary students I work with really enjoy the fitness ropes and speed ladders, but they all enjoy the variability that the different stations of exercises!

I'm excited to attend the Fitkids training this September (2019) and look forward to partnering with Fitkids in the future!

Client Served

Rating: 5

FitKids has put together an amazing program, that has truly benefited our students with their physical education classes. The activities provide students with a variety of exercises that not only help with their motor skills but are also stimulating as well as exciting to do.

Previous Stories

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great program! Our teachers love the guided curriculum and matching equipment; the lessons are well written and age appropriate, so the sequence is visible. But, best of all the Fit Kids Program is fun! Thanks again for creating fitness fun, and sharing it with our St. Odilia kids!

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!

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

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!