ESPN, Under Armour and LISC have announced that four new communities are eligible for grants through the Replay initiative to transform vacant lots into community recreation hubs. The program, which is in its second year, will award a total of $430,000 to help neighborhood groups in Atlanta, Detroit, Oakland, and Toledo ensure that sports and recreation are accessible to all residents. As LISC’s senior program director for Sports & Recreation, Beverly Smith, stated, “Our on-the-ground experience in local communities coupled with the resources and expertise of ESPN and Under Armour has been a highly successful formula for creating useful recreational spaces.”
Exciting news for communities in Baltimore, Los Angeles and Philadelphia today. As part of ESPN’s RePlay initiative, a collaboration with Under Armour and LISC, 12 community organizations will receive grants totaling $330,000 to help transform vacant lots into sports, recreation and play spaces. “Restoring vacant areas into safe, recreational sports and play spaces not only give youth a place to exercise and learn sports, they are also places that bring residents together and become a source of pride for the neighborhood”, LISC CEO and president Maurice A. Jones said.
LISC is helping lead a multinational effort that will build new community soccer fields and expand sports programming in connection with the "United Bid” for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Dubbed 26x26, the effort includes $30 million in local investments and will engage 1 million youth in health and recreation programs.
The LISC/ESPN Home Court program today announced $150,000 in new grants to help organizations build or renovate quality basketball courts that contribute to the well-being of their surrounding communities. Grants will support efforts in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Memphis, Milwaukee and Philadelphia.
A vigorous and unprecedented partnership between LISC and ProMedica, an Ohio-based integrated health system, is set to inject tens of millions of dollars to improve health outcomes and wellbeing in underinvested Toledo neighborhoods. The collaboration, which will serve as a national model, will fund opportunities for employment, income-building, education, community safety and affordable housing—all the social determinants that shape a person’s health. “When we connect [the] talent and resources [of the healthcare industry] to the expertise of community developers, we have an opportunity to drive changes that help people live better—literally adding years to their life,” said LISC CEO Maurice Jones. “That’s incredibly powerful.”