The National Sports Zone Foundation

The National Sports Zone Foundation

NYC Anchor Park Initiative: Betsy Head Park - Brownsville, Brooklyn

Building Thriving & Healthier Communities Through Sports-based Youth & Community Development, Physical Literacy, and educational Project Initiatives.

About Our


The National Sports Zone Foundation (NSZF) was built from its roots in the Friends of Brownsville Parks (FoBP) and NYC's Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) to highlight the need for improved park investments and quality youth programming in Brownsville, Brooklyn. In anticipation of the completion of Betsy Head Park's $30 million upgrade and other surrounding major neighborhood renovation projects., the NSZF utilizes the power of sports-based programming to strengthen communities with parks and active spaces at the center.

What We Do

Leadership & Impact

We work with local leaders to implement effective sports-for-social change models designed to improve youth programming, training, and community engagement.

Community Alignment & Partnerships

The National Sports Zone Foundation's platform for coalition building, replication, and growth organizes vulnerable communities for long-term improved health and safety outcomes.

High-Quality Programming

To ensure impact and promote inclusion at all levels, the NSZF implements research-based programming focused on youth of color and girls in challenged communities.

Holistic Approach Through Sports

To ensure success in serving vulnerable populations, the National Sports Zone Foundation creates holistic platforms where program interventions reach their target audiences. With a focus on equity and deep social impact, our sports- based initiatives are merged with the following service areas to help heal communities:

Technology & Innovation

Community Safety

Economic Development

Food Equity & Education

Main National Sports Zone Projects

Doctor in Medical Mask Making Vaccine Shot Injection to Black Male Patient





The NYC Department of Health & Human Hygiene

Boys & Girls Club of America: Elbaum Clubhouse

RISE: Building Bridges Through Basketball

Van Dyke III : We Are Brownsville Mural

The National Sports Zone Foundation is the physical activity platform for the Friends of Brownsville Park's coalition-building strategy under the Department of Health's Creating Healthy Schools & Communities Intiaitive.

In Brownsville, Brooklyn, the National Sports Zone Foundation is the lead community sports partner for Brownsville, Brooklyn's Elbaum Clubhouse.

To improve relations between local police and teens, the National Sports Zone Foundation is NYC's representative for the RISE/NBA/Under Amour Building Bridges Through Basketball Intiative.

National Sports Zone Foundation artist Will Ellis was retained to design the "We Are Brownsville" mural that is displayed at Trinity Financial's Van Dyke III affordable housing building in Brooklyn.

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