“Just go outside and play.”
Do those words bring back memories from your childhood? Playing outside was what most kids did for fun, but it isn’t quite as simple today as it was back then.
SATURDAY SPORTS will be up and running, full force by mid September at 32 sites all over Fresno. The majority of the programs are in SE & SW Fresno, where sitting in the house, watching TV, or playing video games are more common activities for kids in many of our neighborhoods.
SATURDAY SPORTS gives kids the opportunity to go outside and play, not only in a safe “green space”, but with folks who deeply care about them and want to make an impact in their lives. That’s why so many churches see Saturday Sports as a simple outreach and great way to connect with kids and families and ultimately find many ways other ways to love and serve our city. Map showing partnerships that offer Saturday Sports Programs
Last year more than 2,200 kids had the opportunity to “go outside and play” at Saturday Sports, and it’s so much more than SPORTS! Crafts, games, fun . . . and of course, sports, if you want. But more like it was “back in the day” when kids went outside to jump rope, play four-square, shoot hoops with dad, or play a game of baseball in the street with friends.
More Saturday Sports programs are needed in Fresno! There are lots of kids who would love to play outside, and need people in their lives to love them, and encourage them, and help them see their value and potential.
Northpointe Church has been hosting a Saturday Sports Program at Toby Lawless Elementary for the past 4 years. A real impact is being made in the lives of these kids! Check out the video and see for yourself.
After you watch it, ask yourself if can think of a church that might be interested in coming alongside and supporting an existing Saturday Sports Program, or if you know folks who might like to volunteer to take attendance each week at one of the Saturday Sports sites. We also need several volunteers each week to pick up lunches at Poverello House and deliver them to Saturday Sports. Financial donations are also welcome.
There are lots of ways to love and serve our city, and most importantly, give these kids a chance to be kids!
Please contact us if you have any questions or would like more information about ENP. We love helping folks get connected to serve!
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .