It’s Philadelphia’s year for sports. The Phillies are heading to the World Series, the Eagles are 6-0, and with a VIP volunteer’s help, Leveling the Playing Field is helping kids across Pennsylvania and New Jersey in underserved communities have access to youth sports.
“The pandemic has really laid bare for a lot of people how valuable it is that kids are socializing and exercising and being outside with friends,” founder Max Levitt said. “There’s a growing gap between those that can afford to play sports and those that can’t. It’s not free, and it’s not accessible to a lot of communities.”
This is where Leveling the Playing Field steps in. They gather equipment from the community, including professional sports teams like the Eagles, the Flyers, and the 76ers, and distribute it to recreation centers, boys and girls clubs, YMCAs, or any organization or school that needs equipment. Before they could help Philadelphia, though, they needed some help from VIP. Leveling the Playing Field was founded in Washington, D.C., but Levitt knew that he wanted to expand to Philadelphia.