PLAYpass

A program made possible with approved funding through the City of Boulder Health Equity Fund. 

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WHAT IS PLAYpass?

PLAYpass is a community initiative that provides collaborative, partner based solutions addressing access to physical activity for culturally and economically diverse youth.  PLAYpass was born out of city, county and community meetings that addressed creative funding priorities following the voter-approved City of Boulder excise tax on sugary sweetened beverages. One finding was common to these assessments: the community driven need for a streamlined scholarship program that packages supplemental aid offerings for low-income youth from a variety of public-health and non-health organizations.

To address this community need, our Foundation came to the table with PLAYpass, a unique solution that expands our scholarship offerings through a partner based, “non-cash” financial aid program.

PLAY works with a wide range of public-health and non-public health stakeholders including the City of Boulder and community sports, health and recreation leagues to reduce duplication of scholarship programs by offering “non-cash” financial aid to supplement federal, state and municipal programs. In addition, PLAYpass provides health equity training for partners and utilizes cultural promoters to reduce information barriers affecting participant access. 

 
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Service Providers

Our diverse set of 11 “Service Providers” provide the sport or activity program; ranging from soccer, baseball and even Kinetic dance - the opportunities for youth to choose from are endless.


These include: 

FC Boulder Soccer
Boulder Youth Rugby
South Boulder Little League
Boulder Youth Football
Boulder Horseshoe Club
North Boulder Little League
Ultimate Program for Youth
Frequent Flyers
Boulder Parks and Recreation
Fleet Feet
Diamond Baseball of Boulder

Service Promoters

We also have “Service Promoters,” who act as cultural and economic brokers due to their pre-established relationships with PLAYpass youth. These organizations help us reach our target population. 

These include: 

El Centro AMISTAD
Heart Smart Kids
Healthy Boulder Kids
Youth Service Initiative of Boulder Parks and Recreation 

To qualify, parents must provide proof of SNAP participation. We are currently accepting wait-listed applicants for summer and fall registration. Email caitlin@playboulder.org to be placed on the list!