Photo by Cindy Weisbart.
The Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) has launched CAMBRIDGE WINS, Sports Equity Grants—a summer pilot initiative aimed at empowering young athletes throughout the city and supporting summer programming that keeps Cambridge youth healthy and active. The announcement follows a major CCF forum on June 8, featuring national education leaders addressing education equity and opportunity gaps for all Cambridge youth.
According to the 2021 Cambridge Teen Health Survey, white and Latinx Cambridge Public Schools students are most likely to report being physically active five or more days a week, compared to just 20% of their Black and Asian peers and 6% of Native American students. The survey also found that nearly half of all CRLS students have suffered from poor mental health, reporting feeling tense, nervous, or worried every day for more than two weeks in a row.
Created in partnership with Cambridge natives and sports enthusiasts, Joe Bradlee and Matt Meyersohn, the CAMBRIDGE WINS summer initiative will infuse $20,000 in CCF funds to help address these inequities and make enriching activities accessible to all youth, regardless of socioeconomic status.
How to apply
The Foundation is now accepting grant applications from current coaches, athletes, and leaders of recreation programs who are providing summer programming to youth in Cambridge, MA who might not be able to participate due to financial or family constraints.
Grants of up to $500 for individuals and $1,000 for nonprofits and city agencies will be distributed beginning mid-July.
Deadline to apply: Friday, July 8.
Questions? Please email [email protected]