A growing income gap in the US has resulted in a growing athletics opportunity gap. While school budgets dwindle and rec centers close, wealthier families spend eight times as much on extracurricular activities as their less affluent peers. Access to sports has become an equity issue. LPF runs an extensive equipment collection program – at leagues, tournaments, community events, and anywhere you can find soccer moms and dads. Donors also drop off equipment at the warehouse and volunteers of all ages sort and take inventory. Program partners – about half are school programs, a third youth/after-school programs, and the remainder youth sports teams or leagues – "shop" for free so kids don't have to pay to play. PE Packs provide the pinnies, cones, jump ropes, and other essentials that every PE teacher needs. This is what leveling the (sports) playing field looks like.

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