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Sport Promoting Positive Mental Wellbeing

Learn About Our Grantees

Head In The Game is proud to support 43 youth nonprofits who are using a wide array of sports to improve mental wellbeing outcomes for young people. 

While mental wellbeing challenges exist for all youth, Head in the Game is initially providing support to organizations serving communities in California, Illinois, Minnesota and New York (full list below). This is because U.S. Census data shows that while Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and others (LGBTQ+) populations in cities in these states have grown significantly over the last 10 years, resources have not grown at pace.

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Rainbow Labs works to ensure the next generation of LGBTQ+ youth find their community, peers and safe spaces early in life while also gaining a sense of empowerment to propel them to bright futures.

Read Dani's story

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The Chicago Voyagers empower youth impacted by injustice through adventure therapy programs that foster physical and mental wellbeing, healthy relationships and build skills for success in life.

Read Adrian's story 

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Homegrown Lacrosse creates positive change in young people's lives by working to develop character, build self-confidence and instill a sense of community in youth through sport.

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Run4Fun envisions a world where young people have access to the healing power of running and play to empower their mental health and wellness for life.

Read Nicoletta's story



  • 49ers Foundation
  • Access Youth Academy
  • America SCORES Bay Area
  • Beat the Streets Los Angeles
  • Community Youth Center
  • Exposure Skate
  • First Tee - Central Valley
  • First Tee - Monterey County
  • Girls Leading Girls
  • Harlem Lacrosse - Los Angeles
  • Jamestown Community Center
  • KEEN Los Angeles
  • L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs
  • Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
  • Netball America
  • Oakland Lacrosse
  • PureGame
  • Rainbow Labs
  • Soccer Without Borders


  • Box United
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township
  • Chicago Fire Foundation
  • Chicago Run
  • Chicago Voyagers
  • KEEN Chicago
  • MetroSquash



  • City in the Community Foundation
  • Fencing in the Park, Inc.
  • Figure Skating in Harlem
  • Girls on the Run
  • I Challenge Myself
  • Kings County Tennis League & Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program 
  • New Heights Youth, Inc.
  • Row New York
  • Run4Fun
  • South Bronx United
  • StreetSquash
  • Uptown Soccer 


  • Chill Foundation (Los Angeles and New York City)
  • PeacePlayers (Brooklyn, Chicago and Los Angeles)


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NBA Star Russell Westbrook Invests Big in South Central L.A.