Asphalt Green is committed to providing access to sports and fitness opportunities for all New Yorkers. As a nonprofit, we foster a love for physical activity in underserved areas. Our programs, which include sports leagues, swim lessons, and active recess, help kids develop physically, emotionally, and socially.
COVID-19 and Asphalt Green
The world needs sports and fitness now more than ever. The Aspen Institute recently released physical activity trends during the pandemic and found youth of all ages are half as active as they were prior to the pandemic.
COVID-19 has significantly changed the way we operate and forced us to think about ways to get essential physical activity in a socially distant world. Some ways we have pivoted include:
- We transformed our Recess Enhancement Program (REP) to create games that promote physical activity while social distancing. The resource has global impact and has been viewed in 175 countries.
- Our competitive sports teams practiced on Zoom.
- We dedicated our social media channels to providing tips for adults and families to stay active, ran free group exercise classes on Instagram, and offered personal training virtually.
- After about six months, we were able to meet in person again in small groups with social distancing and safety measures in place.
Physical activity is correlated with academic achievement, reduced stress and anxiety, and higher self-esteem. The shift to virtual learning leaves few opportunities during the school day for physical activity and social connections for kids. We are providing resources for educators and families during this challenging time.
The reality is we face many challenges ahead as we reopen. Asphalt Green is rebuilding, but we need your support now to continue providing critical sports and fitness programs for the community.
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