PlaySmart is proud to be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that creates life-changing athletic and academic experiences for young people across the United States. Consisting of a dynamic group of friends, coaches and teachers, speakers and program leaders, volunteers and mentors, partners and proud founders, PlaySmart is at work year-round to ensure children are given the chance to learn and grow through sport.
As socioeconomic disparities often means that certain groups of children do not have access to quality athletic and academic programming, PlaySmart works by donation and with volunteers to level the playing field by offering opportunities and programming that foster positive youth development.
Participation in sports has significant positive impacts on children. It helps their physical and mental development, improves their self-esteem, and helps them grow into productive members of their communities. We are honored to help them succeed on and off the field!
David Wright, Chairman
``Top 5 Finisher - Thank You LIDS Foundation``
The PlaySmart Academy is our flagship youth program that integrates sports and physical fitness with character, life skills and leadership development. The Academy starts with one to two week summer experience for youth and continues throughout the school year with subsequent activities and events.
The Academy is not your typical “summer camp”. Our original branded program provides a curriculum that blends fun and performance for 5th through 8th graders who are looking to excel both on and off the court or field. Centered around the 5 PlaySmart pillars, we teach life-lessons that build a foundation for success where they can build confidence, gain life skills, be exposed to new ideas, see future possibilities for themselves and receive guidance and encouragement from staff members, coaches and other positive adults.
The PlaySmart cities that run an Academy each provide a unique experience for local youth. For more information on the program nearest you, visit your local PlaySmart city.
The Academy curriculum is saturated with PlaySmart’s five pillars, which are used to convey lessons and skills needed for academic and life success.
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PlaySmart has made significant progress in the fulfillment of our mission since its inception in 1997. While PlaySmart has made an impact in several cities since that time, we remain committed to supporting programs and outreach in the cities where some the original founders of the organization reside. Click on the city on the left to learn about PlaySmart activities and events in each location. We thank you for your interest in and support of your local PlaySmart programs!
Don’t see your city listed? Contact us with questions and ideas for bringing PlaySmart programming to your local community.
Visit the Florida portal page for information, event schedules, forms and more.