PowerPlay NYC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and educating girls through one-of-a-kind sports and academic enrichment programs. Sports serves as our hook and once we have the girls' attention, we build life skills, develop healthy eating habits and start a dialogue about what success for girls can look like. PowerPlay connects girls with strong women role models and prepares the girls for college and the world of work.
PowerPlay was created by former tennis pro, Ellen Markowitz, who sought to create meaningful opportunities in sports and health for girls in New York City, particularly for girls living in low-income communities. Markowitz joined with other professional women to create a free directory of sports and physical fitness activities aimed at girls. Over time, PowerPlay grew to promote sports, health and wellness for girls in NYC and by 2004 we offered our first after-school sports program. PowerPlay now serves over 900 girls each year, ranging in age from 6-17. PowerPlay programming has been offered in all five boroughs of New York City and is concentrated in low-income, underserved communities and in Title 1-funded public schools.
Today, PowerPlay is a leading provider of girls sports and life skills programming. PowerPlay is distinguished by being the only girl-focused organization in NYC which: offers girls the opportunity to learn a variety of sports, is open to all girls regardless of ability level, and has a health, wellness and life skills curriculum which accompanies all sports learning. For more information, please go to powerplaynyc.org