Play Academy with Naomi Osaka provides grants and capacity-building training for community sports organizations; and emphasizes fun, positive play experiences and coaches who are trained in gender-inclusivity.

By funding programs in various communities around Haiti, LA and Tokyo, Play Academy is helping redefine sport for the next generation of girls.

Image of girls in Haiti playing soccer and cheering


From childhood to adulthood, girls in Haiti often experience violence, hunger, early pregnancies and abandonment, among other challenges. One organization, in partnership with Play Academy, is using soccer to empower girls and overcome those challenges.

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Girls waiting to play soccer in LA


In LA, we’ve teamed up with organizations in underserved communities – Beat the Streets, First Break Academy, Kids Enjoy Exercise Now and Pete Brown Jr. Tennis and Academic Program – who are committed to using sport to inspire and empower girls to reach their full potential.

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Kids running on track


By collaborating with key organizations in Tokyo, together we began tackling an alarming issue: Girls by the age of 15 drop out of sport at double the rate of boys and miss out on many benefits. We want to change that.

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