I retired as a long-time nonprofit exec in 2017 after 37 years. Since then, I’ve been leading a group of neighbors, friends and friends of friends to form a vision for creating an overarching framework for comprehensive athletic, sport and fitness opportunities for youth and families in southwest Baltimore, the area where I live. Most of us shared similar experiences of how we benefited from organized sports and recreational activities growing up. What came out of these meetings and discussions was the creation of the Southwest Sports and Fitness Alliance., a new 501 ( c ) 3 organization. I’ve lived in this area since 2006 and have a full understanding of how disadvantaged so many of the kids are for lack of a clear pathway through sports, to a more productive and meaningful life.
The Alliance plans to eliminate the obstacle many youths face in disadvantaged neighborhood of not being able to afford or acquire the proper equipment to participate in sports and recreational...see more