Sports for Youth, an initiative of UJA-Federation of New York, affirms the healing effect of sports on youngsters by enabling children of all ethnic and religious backgrounds, as well as all ages and athletic abilities, to enjoy sports. Sports for Youth provides grants for programs at UJA-Federation’s network of nearly 100 beneficiary agencies throughout the five boroughs, Westchester, and Long Island, and select projects overseas. Local agencies eligible for Sports for Youth funding include JCCs, Ys and camps, as well as human-service agencies with sports-related programs. Sports for Youth programs benefit more than 12,000 children. Funded projects include refurbishing basketball courts, swimming pools, tennis courts, and other sports facilities, as well as providing necessary sports and safety equipment, sports programming, and health and sports education.