Ashoka Fellow
United States
Fellow Since 2004
This description of Jill Vialet's work was prepared when Jill Vialet was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
In schools across America, young children spend recess and lunch in a schoolyard enclosed by barbed wire, littered with broken glass, and dominated by the biggest, toughest kids. Decades of disinvestment in American public schools have eroded the capacity of schools in low-income neighborhoods to provide supervised recreation, physical education, and structured afterschool activities. Jill Vialet’s Sports4Kids provides these schools with a comprehensive, affordable sports and recreation program that leverages community resources to meet the needs of disadvantaged children.
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