Neighborhood sporting events can sometimes feel like a Norman Rockwell slice of Americana: dusty Little League slides under the hot summer sun, diving catches in pee wee football, the newest generation of Michael Jordans driving to the hoop on the corner playlot.
But the reality in low-income communities is often quite different. Parks are more likely to be dangerous and deteriorated. Equipment and facilities are lacking. Organized athletic programs often have little foothold, without the financial resources or human capital to push them forward. In many of these communities, neighbors struggle just to keep a roof over their heads. Sports programs feel like a luxury.
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