We’re on a mission to help more girls be active and play sports. We fund projects around the world, including Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Uganda, United States, Canada and Mexico.

 

Our Partners

Some awesome organizations aim to increase girls' access to sports around the world. However, funding can be a consistent challenge, as each girl needs a safe space to play, clothing, equipment, and, of course, coaches. Through sales, we make donations to help such organizations sustain and grow their programs, so they can continue to help more girls play.

Each partner has unique needs and costs: a soccer program in Central America may need a new field, while a running program in Africa might need new shoes. We seek to understand each partner's specific needs and then sell enough products to meet those needs. The organizations we partner with are below.

Soccer Without Borders

Project Locations: Nicaragua, Uganda, U.S. 

Story: SWB was our first partner, and one Katie became familiar with in Nicaragua. Launched in 2006, SWB is comprised of former U.S. collegiate soccer players and local staff, and has received grants from the U.S. State Department. A main barrier to girls' sports in Nicaragua is the lack of safe spaces, so we've partnered with SWB to help build a soccer field and support a community center. We've also supported SWB coaches in Uganda and the US.

Girls Gotta Run Foundation

Project Location: Ethiopia

Story: GGRF trains females in Bekoji and Sodo, Ethiopia to be competitive runners. GGRF is taking the lead in establishing a female running culture in Ethiopia, a country famed for its Olympic runners. Established in 2006, GGRF has trained 50 female athletes and established four running teams. We've partnered with GGRF to fund the first ever female running coaching in Bekoji, to supply track clothes and shoes, and to fund scholarships for members of their program.

 

Sarah Burke Foundation

Project Location: Canada

Story: This foundation was formed in honor of the late world champion skier, Sarah Burke. Sarah was a fearless advocate for women’s sports, getting women’s half-pipe skiing admitted into every major event, including the Sochi Olympics. Her foundation continues her legacy of advancing women’s sport, funding scholarships for young female skiers. Through t-shirts printed with Sarah's favorite slogan, "Dream Without Fear", we helped fund the Spirit of Sarah scholarship for a promising young female skier.

Grassroot Soccer

Project Location: Tanzania

Story: GRS uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize youth fight to prioritize their health and fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. Founded in 2002, more than 650,000 young people have graduated from GRS programs in 24 countries worldwide. Activyst is partnering with GRS to support their ZINDUKA Girl program for 12-19 year old Tanzanian girls. This initiative creates a safe space for adolescent girls to play soccer and have vital conversations about their health.

Entre Amigos

Project Location: Mexico

Story: Entre Amigos fosters learning opportunities and community action, specifically to improve the lives of children in the village of San Pancho, Mexico. Katie saw their very obvious impact in the community on a trip to Mexico and ended up volunteering with them while there. They consistently support activities to empower local girls, including through a local soccer program and gymnastics/dance lessons that culminate in an annual performance the entire community attends. 



Girls on the Run

Project Location: Puget Sound, Washington

Story: Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based youth development program for girls age 10-12 that operates in 225 communities and has impacted 1 million (yep, 1 million!) girls across the USA.  Activyst is partnering with the Puget Sound chapter in Washington where Leigh is coaching a team of girls in the 2015 spring season.  The 10 week training program uses running to inspire the girls, teach life skills and build their confidence. The culmination of the season is a celebratory 5K where the girls run, hop, skip and jump their way to the finish line.

ZGiRLS

Project Location: U.S.

Story: ZGiRLS equips girls in sports with the tools and perspective they need to be confident, centered, and courageous. Through their 8-month program for adolescent girls, ZGiRLS connects girls with female athlete Mentors, and teaches transformational life skills like confidence, body image, and stress management. Over the course of ZGiRLS, girls gain perspective that can only come from someone who knows exactly what they’re going through. The relationship instills inspiration that lasts well beyond the last huddle.


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