Our Why: All Young People Should Have Access to Sports
When young people participate in sports, it benefits their physical and mental health. Sports can build self-confidence and leadership skills and contribute to academic success.
But not all kids have equal access to play. According to 2019 research by the Aspen Institute, the University of Washington, and King County Parks, organized sports like baseball and softball are too expensive and culturally exclusive for many young people. Youth of color, kids from homes that don’t speak English, young people with disabilities, and children from lower-income families all face significant barriers to organized sports. In addition, girls consistently enjoy less physical activity than boys.
The Mariners are determined to help change this situation. We are committed to ensuring all young people in our region have an equitable opportunity to play baseball and softball.