The Black Soccer Membership Association (BSMA) has added Leveling the Playing Field (LPF), a Maryland based organization to its roster of supporters by receiving a large donation for its Soccer to Achieve Baltimore (SAB) program. LPF whose mantra is to “Equip Kids for Success” mission is to “give underprivileged children the opportunity to enjoy the mental and physical benefits of youths sports participation.” LPF is able to offer these opportunities by collecting used sporting equipment to programs and schools that serve low-income communities.
SAB will utilize the equipment as it begins operations in partnership with the Langston Hughes Business and Resource Center located in Park Heights in April. The program will be an after school program that provides a safe space for 7-14 year olds from eleven of the neighboring elementary, middle, and high schools in Park Heights, located in West Baltimore. Soccer will be the focal point of the program, but the youth will be able to do homework, learn life-skills, and receive trauma care.
BSMA Chairman and CEO Justin Reid, “Baltimore ranks among the 3rd worst crime-ridden city in the nation and its poverty rate is north of 23%, so we are happy to provide the children with this opportunity to play soccer, a sport that isn’t always accessible to them in the inner-cities. Add to the program homework, life-skills, and trauma care, and we are happy that we are helping to re-shape the total student. We thank LPF in supporting our mission for the SAB program and look forward to learning more about how we can help to support their organization.”
The terms of the supporter agreement were not disclosed, but the BSMA looks forward to seeing the impact that it will have on its SAB program.