Naomi Osaka’s Play Academy, a grassroots sports initiative designed for young girls, is expanding into Los Angeles and Haiti. It’s an integral part of Made To Play, Nike’s global commitment to getting kids moving, where we work with local partners to increase kids’ participation in sport – particularly in marginalized communities.
The expansion means that more young girls across the world, and especially among Black, Asian and Latino communities, get to experience the delight of play, a shared language through which groups of kids can connect, learn, grow and simply be, as they are. When communities are grounded in a liberal and generous sense of play, the presence is undeniable. These play communities are known not by their selectivity, but an inclusive, invisible magic.